Impact of Class Size Increases

Modelling the Effects on School Programs SUMMARY

On March 15, 2019, Minister of Education Lisa Thompson announced the average high school class size would increase from 22 to 28 sstudents. This increase will take effect in the 2019-20 school year, with the full impact of lost teaching positions to be realized by the 2022-23 school year.
OSSTF/FEESO simulated the class size increases in 60 schools across Ontario to determine the estimated impact on classroom sections. Further, OSSTF/FEESO estimated the potential shortfall of teachers with particular qualifications who retire and are not likely to be replaced.

Small-Sized Schools
Twenty-two of the 60 school surveyed had an average daily enrolment of less than 500 students. To put this into context using the schools we surveyed, a school of 260 students would have approximately 113 classroom sections available to students to take a variety of courses. In these schools, an estimated average of 28 classroom sections will no longer exist as a result of these cuts.
Four years from now, only 85 such sections will exist.

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