ECCC PTA Parent & Teacher Overall Survey Results February 2015 Courtesy of the ECCC PTA The ECCC PTA is nonpartisan and does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. At the end of the 2014 school year, teachers and parents were asked to participate in an anonymous survey to help the East Cobb County Council of PTAs (ECCC PTA) gain an understanding of whether class sizes, meaning the number of students in a class, are too large; and if so, what that has meant to the conditions of education delivery and the learning experience for students and teachers. The surveys are in no way a comment on the caliber of our Cobb County School teachers and administrators, for whom we have the greatest respect and appreciation. The ECCC PTA administered a teacher survey and a parent survey. 290 teachers from 40% of the East Cobb public schools participated. 1726 parents completed the parent survey. Other data: The Cobb County School District increased instructional positions by 300 for 2014/15. Due to economic challenges, the School District 2014/15 budget reports that 1300 instructional, professional and support positions were cut between 2008 and 2013, while enrollment increased. TEACHER SURVEY RESULTS Do the current class sizes make it more difficult to cover the required subject matter effectively? Does your current class size make it more difficult to be able to provide attention for students who need it? Have there been increased behavior problems because of the larger class sizes? PARENT SURVEY RESULTS Are the size of the classes, meaning the number of students in a classroom, an issue at your school? Which of the following reflects your assessment with respect to your child’s, or children’s education in the long term? OTHER PARENT & TEACHER SURVEY STATISTICS: 87.2% OF TEACHERS WHO RESPONDED SAID THAT THEY HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN CLASS SIZE SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN TEACHING FOR COBB COUNTY 62.3% OF PARENTS ARE SPENDING EXTRA TIME WITH THEIR CHILDREN AT HOME TO HELP THEM LEARN THE REQUIRED MATERIAL AS A RESULT OF LARGER CLASS SIZES 37% OF PARENTS ARE SPENDING MONEY ON TUTORS OR CLASSES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL TO ASSIST THEIR CHILDREN IN LEARNING THE MATERIAL COVERED IN CLASS 71.6% OF PARENTS RESPONDED THEY BELIEVE THAT LARGER CLASS SIZES RESULT IN LESS “ONE-ON-ONE” TIME WITH STUDENTS. ECCC PTA Parent & Teacher Overall Survey Results Additional Teacher Survey Results & Comments Do any of these statements reflect your teaching experience this year? Answer Options Comments by Teachers: Response Percent Response Count With larger class sizes, it is more difficult to help those who are falling behind. 56.2% 163 With larger class sizes, it is more difficult to challenge those who are ready for additional academic progress. 53.4% 155 I am concerned there will be cumulative detrimental effect on the educational journey of some or most of my students due to the impact of larger class sizes. 38.6% 112 Because of the larger class sizes, I am unable to provide as much individual feedback to my students as I would like. 56.6% 164 None of these statements reflect my current teaching experience. 6.2% 18 All of these statements reflect my current teaching experience. 45.9% 133 Please provide examples. 35 answered question 290 skipped question 0 Additional Comments: “Our classrooms are not conducive to these class sizes. There is very little room for movement and kinesthetic activities which kids need. Students have a hard time working in groups because of the lack of space to work as a group.” “Study after study shows that class size directly affects student achievement, test results, and teacher effectiveness.” “Teachers are overwhelmed with managing the classroom & increased time spent on administrative tasks – grading, inputting grades, testing, and other duties ….” “I hope that this survey will help to relay how difficult it is to teach a Biology Lab class with 34 students. Not only does it impact the students who have a hard time concentrating but also it makes it difficult to make biology labs interesting. Hands on activities can rarely take place because it demands more time to set up, explain, and for a student to grasp the concept.” “There is such a wide range of student levels within one classroom. Teachers are expected to differentiate & individualize student learning, and increased class sizes makes doing this effectively quite a challenge and incredibly time consuming.” Additional Parent Survey Results & Comments Which of the following statements reflect your child’s experience with class size? Please select all that apply. Answer Options Response Percent Response Count Class size has not been an issue in my child's classroom. 11.5% 169 Larger class sizes result in more distractions, which make it harder for my child to learn. 69.3% 1016 Larger class sizes have resulted in more behavior problems, which make it harder for my child to learn. 52.7% 772 Larger class sizes result in less "one-on-one" time with students, so that my child is less able to learn the material as well as he/she needs to learn it. 71.6% 1050 Larger class sizes make it more difficult to challenge my child -- who is ready for additional academic progress. 49.8% 730 20.5% 301 Please provide comments here. answered question 1466 skipped question 260 Additional Comments: “My major concern is retention of quality teachers to provide my child’s education – larger class size leads to higher stress levels which can motivate earlier retirement from teaching.” “Teachers have been extraordinary as they deal with this challenge.” Comments by Parents: “This is one of my primary concerns as a parent. Teachers cannot be effective in classes this large. I am in favor of coming up with solutions, even at the expense of other activities/ etc. that cost the schools money.” “My child complains about crowded, noisy classrooms - not noisy because students are talking but noisy because of chairs scraping on the floor, students coughing, papers shuffling - just regular noise multiplied.” “It doesn't benefit the child or the teacher when there are too many kids in a class. We moved to Cobb County for the schools and class sizes.” "Larger class sizes equal fewer resources and less individualized time for students whether they need more challenging work or assistance with problem areas."
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