Class sizes at Napa Valley public high schools exceed the statewide average and have higher pupil-to-teacher ratio than the California norm, recently released figures from the 2011-12 school year show.
New Technology High School, with just 383 students, boasts the lowest class sizes of Napa Valley public high schools at 24.4 students per class. The state average is 23.6, according to the statistics published on the Ed-Data website.
Napa High comes in with the biggest average class size: 27.4. It also has the largest pupil-to-teacher ratio, with 24.1 students per educator.
Check out more area schools here or do your own comparisons on the Ed-Data website:School Class Size Comparisons, 2011-12 School Enrollment Average Class Size Pupils per Teacher Number of Teachers
Napa High2064 27.7 24.1 95 New Technology High 383 24.4 23.4 19 Vintage Day
22.9 87 Statewide Average n/a 23.6 22.7 n/a
Justin-Siena High School is private and wasn't included in the data.
The statistics are published by the the Ed-Data website, a partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE), EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team to provide data about K-12 education.
There's a longstanding debate surrounding the importance of class size. A report issued two years ago by the Brookings Institute indicated significant class size reduction—along the lines of seven to 10 students—had the biggest impact on student achievement, but this was much more pronounced in younger students than at the high school level.
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