Average class sizes in grades 1-3 in New York City public schools rose to 25 or 26 children in the last school year—an addition of three students a class from five years earlier, according to the Mayor's Management Report released Wednesday.
Average classes in grades 4-8 also rose but at a slower pace, and averaged 26 to 28 students. The report noted the city aims to bring class sizes down in all K-8 grades, and has a five-year construction plan to reduce overcrowding.
The number of students getting special education services rose to 250,509 in the last school year, an 11% jump from the prior year. The report said that reflected a real increase as well as improved reporting due to a change in data systems. The nation's largest district enrolls more than one million children.