State and District Class Size Policies and Limits

Here are examples of class size policies and limits found at the state and local levels.

A map produced by Education Week shows the states that have class size limits: “A majority of states have at least one policy that limits the number of students that may be in a general education classroom, though several have relaxed those class-size policies since 2008.”

The Education Commission of the States lists state class size policies as of 2009  here.  An updated list of  state laws and policies can be found here.

Several cities such as San Diego, California and Boston, Massachusetts, have caps on class size as part of their contracts with teachers’ unions.

The United Federation of Teachers in New York has class size limits, which can be found here.

In Florida, a statewide referendum in 2002 amended its constitution to limit class sizes in all grades in core academic classes to no more than:

  • 18 students in prekindergarten through grade 3;
  • 22 students in grades 4 through 8; and
  • 25 students in grades 9 through 12.

As of 2012,  Florida statewide class size averages were 15.56 students per class in K-3, 18.03  students per class in 4-8 grades, and 19.89 in high school classes.