- 913. Class Size and Ratios
- The maximum enrollment in a class or section in grades K-3 shall be 26 students and in grades 4-12, 33 students, except in certain activity types of classes in which the teaching approach and the materials and equipment are appropriate for large groups.
- No teachers at the secondary level shall instruct more than 750 student hours per week, except those who teach the activity classes.
- When a number of staff members are involved in a cooperative teaching project, the amount of each person’s involved time may be counted in computing the individual teacher’s load.
- The maximum class size for health and physical education in grades K-8 and in physical education I and II shall be 40. No class may be combined with physical education I or II if the total number of students taught is more than 40.
- The system-wide, student classroom teacher ratio in grades K-3 shall be a maximum of 20 students to one classroom teacher.
- An LEA may request a waiver of this requirement from the state superintendent of education provided that the teacher has demonstrated effectiveness as defined by BESE in Bulletin 130—Regulations for the Evaluation and Assessment of School Personnel.
NOTE: Refer to Bulletin 1706―Regulations for Implementation of the Children with Exceptionalities Act for pupil/teacher ratios for special education.
- 1001. Pupil/Teacher, Pupil/Speech/Language Pathologist, and Pupil Appraisal Ratios for Public Education
- In providing services to all identified students with disabilities, the number of students in each instructional setting shall not exceed the following numbers.
- Self-Contained Classrooms
|Hard of Hearing||11||15||17|
|Other Health Impairment||17||17|
|Speech or Language Impairment||7||9||9|
|Specific Learning Disability||13||13|
|Traumatic Brain Injury||7||9||9|
- Paraeducator Training Units
- Preschool-Aged Students: One teacher and two paraeducators shall be appointed for the initial six preschool students. For students functioning within the severe/profound range, there shall be one additional paraeducator for any additional group of three, not to exceed two additional groups of such students. For students functioning within the mild/moderate range, the additional paraeducators shall be added for each additional group of four. The maximum number of students shall not exceed twelve per unit.
- School-Aged Students: One teacher and two paraeducators shall be appointed for the initial six students with severe/profound or low incidence disabilities. There shall be one additional paraeducator for any additional group of three, not to exceed four additional groups of such students. The maximum number of students shall not exceed eighteen per unit.
3.a. Resource Rooms (Generic or Categorical) and Itinerant Instruction Programs (per teacher)
- Students with severe or low incidence impairments/disabilities—10
- All other students with disabilities—27
- Because of the travel requirements of the program, this number may be reduced by the LEA to 10-19 when instruction is provided to “all other students with disabilities” in at least two different schools.
- Combination Self-contained and Resource Classrooms
- Students with severe/low incidence impairments/disabilities—12
- All other students with disabilities—20
- Hospital/Homebound Instruction (per teacher)
- One Site—17
- Preschool Intervention Settings (Parent/Child Training)
- Intervention in the Home—15
- Intervention in a School or Center—19
- Adapted Physical Education Instruction (per teacher)—60
- In caseloads exceeding thirty-five students, the total number of students identified as having a severe motor deficit shall not exceed seventeen.
- Itinerant Instruction (Two or more schools)—40
- Instruction in Regular Classes. This ratio refers to the caseload of special education teachers who provide instruction to students with disabilities in general education settings.
- Students with severe or low incidence impairments/disabilities—9
- All other students with disabilities—16
- Self-contained or Resource Departmentalized Settings
|Self-Contained or Resource Departmentalized Settings||Elementary||Secondary|
|Hard of Hearing||58||63|
|Other Health Impairment||63||63|
|Specific Learning Disability||50||58|
|Traumatic Brain Injury||33||33|
- Paraeducators may be hired to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.
- Speech/language pathologists in LEAs shall be employed at the rate of one for each thirty (or major fraction thereof) students receiving speech therapy. In determining the number of pupils, the following criteria shall be used.
- Each student shall receive speech therapy.
- Each speech/language pathologist shall be assigned a minimum of one student in speech therapy and shall not be assigned more than 79 points.
- Each hour per week of pupil appraisal assessment services, supervision of speech/language pathologists who hold restricted license, or supervision of speech pathology assistants shall equal one point for the purpose of determining the caseload. Assignment of these activities shall be made by the LEA supervisor.
- The caseload shall be determined according to the following guidelines.
|Service Type||Number of Points Determining Caseload|
|Each hour of assessment||1|
|Each hour of supervision||1|
|Each hour of consultation||1|
|Each student receiving speech therapy||1|
- Pupil appraisal members shall be employed by LEAs at the rate listed below. LEAs may substitute one pupil appraisal for another provided that all pupil appraisal services are provided in accordance with these regulations.
|Public School RatiosBased on Membership||Private School RatiosBased on Membership|
|Educational Diagnosticians||1:2,400 or major fraction thereof||1:3,500 or major fraction thereof|
|School Psychologists||1:2,400 or major fraction thereof||1:3,500 or major fraction thereof|
|Social Workers||1:3,200 or major function thereof||1:4,500 or major function thereof|
AUTHORITY NOTE: Promulgated in accordance with R.S.17:1941 et seq.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Promulgated by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, LR 34:2097 (October 2008).