English Language School Board: This resolution, which is related to the reporting of the provincial government's statistics, is directed to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for response.
Education and Early Childhood Development: While the term student-teacher ratio is often used, the term “student-educator” ratio is more accurate. The student-teacher ratio differs from class size in that the ratio includes educators who may not be classroom teachers, like resource teachers, guidance teachers, psychologists, principals and vice-principals.
The student-teacher ratio is certainly a factor affecting our school system. However, it is perhaps more important to discuss class sizes and class composition when discussing student achievement. Class sizes and class composition are equally important influences on the learning and teaching environments. One cannot be addressed without the other.
The school boards allocate staff in schools but decisions are often based on individual class size and composition, not on student-educator ratios. The school boards work to improve class size and address the challenges of class composition at the same time. Island class sizes have improved as enrolment declined.
It is important to note that effective teaching strategies and programming outweigh many of the benefits of smaller student-teacher ratios. We are committed to working with school boards to ensure that we are utilizing the skills of these teachers to help support student achievement.