Raising Class Sizes Hurts Students

At the board meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2016 we learned that District 86 Administration and School Board are considering raising class sizes and reducing course offerings to address the issue of overcrowding at Hinsdale Central High School.

The Hinsdale High School Teachers Association is deeply concerned by these proposals.

Increasing class sizes would reduce the individual attention each student receives, the quality and frequency of feedback on student work, and opportunities for one-on-one help. Our experiences with students every day and numerous research studies confirm that the quality of the educational experience and relationships with students suffer as class sizes increase. We strongly urge the school board and administration to consider alternate solutions to overcrowding instead of raising class sizes.

We are also concerned about cutting course offerings due to overcrowding. Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South have a long tradition of offering vibrant and relevant courses that prepare students for the 21st century. These courses range from those specifically created to meet the needs of at-risk students to courses that allow students to do college-level, original research. The quality and diversity of our academic experiences are the foundation of the tradition of excellence that draws families to the schools. Cutting course offerings will erode that tradition.

Increasing class sizes concerns all members of the community. Whether you live within the boundaries of Hinsdale South or Hinsdale Central we hope the community members stand united in addressing this issue. We urge District 86 Administration to inform the School Board and community on the detrimental effects raising class sizes and cutting the instructional programs has on student learning.

Please contact the Board (boe@hinsdale86.org) & Administration (blaw@hinsdale86.org) and ask that they solve the issue of overcrowding without raising class sizes or diminishing the instructional program.