Education Statutes Amendment Act – Bill 33June 28, 2007
Education (Learning Enhancement) Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 33): Class Size and Composition
In May 2006, the BC government passed the Education (Learning Enhancement) Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 33). The new Act amends the School Act for class size and composition, and adds new requirements for consultation or consent in organizing classrooms in public schools. It also identifies a reporting-out process that includes School Planning Councils and District Parent Advisory Councils.
Following are the class sizes limits/guidelines, including the new provisions in the School Act:
|Grade||District Average||Bill 33 Class Size||Identified Special Needs Without Consultation|
|K||19||22||Up to 3|
|1 to 3||21||24||Up to 3|
|4 to 7||28||30||Up to 3|
|8 to 12||30||30||Up to 3|
Classes that have more than 30 students
Grades 4 – 7: Must have the consent of the classroom teacher and the approval of the Principal and Superintendent. The rationale for any classes over 30 must be included in all reporting-out.
Grade 8 – 12: Must have the approval of the Principal and Superintendent and prior consultation with the classroom teacher. The rationale for any classes over 30 must be included in all reporting-out.
Special Needs (designated students with IEPs)
A student with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a student who, under the Individual Education Plan Order, Ministerial Order 638/95, has an individual education plan designed for them. The act does not include a student who has exceptional gifts or talents, therefore excluding those who are designated gifted.
Special Needs Class Configuration
Grades K – 12: No class in any grade will have more than three identified students with special needs who have an Individual Education Plan, except with the approval of the Principal and Superintendent and prior consultation with the classroom teacher
Classrooms with more than three students with Individual Education Plans, that are approved by the Principal and Superintendent, do not require a rationale to be included in reporting to protect the privacy of these students.
At the School Level
- obtain the consent of the classroom teacher if classroom has more than 30 students in grades 4 to 7.
- have consulted with the classroom teacher if classroom has more than 30 students in grades 8 to 12.
- consult with the School Planning Council with respect to the proposed organization of classes.
By September 30th, the Principal must:
- provide the Superintendent with a proposed organization of the classes that is, in the opinion of the Principal, appropriate for student learning.
At the District Level
By October 1st, the Superintendent is required:
- to present a report on the organization of classes to the School Board.
- to present a report on the organization of classes to the District Parent Advisory Council, if one is established in the district.
- to date and sign the report to verify that the organization of classes is in compliance with the class size provisions and is, in the opinion of the Superintendent, appropriate for student learning.
- to include in the report rationale for any classrooms over 30. (Note: No rationale is required for classes with more than three students with IEPs.)
- at a public meeting, to accept the report
- or instruct the Superintendent to revise the report, and present a new signed report to the School Board and District Parent Advisory Council on or before 15 days from the date of instruction to revise.
- upon receipt of revised and signed report, the School Board must review the report within 7 days.
At the Provincial Level
Once the School Board has accepted the signed report from the Superintendent (or after reviewing the revised report signed by the Superintendent):
- the School Board must submit a report to the Minister of Education.
- the Minister of Education must then make available to the public the report received from each district.
Assessing the changes to class size and composition
Within one year, the Minister must appoint a committee to review the amendments made to the School Act under Bill 33. This committee will contain representatives from the following education partners:
- Ministry of Education
- BC Teachers Federation
- BC Principals’ and Vice Principals’ Association
- BC Superintendents’ Association
- BC School Trustees’ Association
BCCPAC will be collecting information/data on the impact of Bill 33 on students in the coming year and will actively participate on the appointed committee.
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