State reports recommends capping pre-K classroom size at 22

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A report commissioned as part of Texas’ sweeping new prekindergarten initiative recommends capping classroom size at 22 students — something most pre-K programs statewide are already doing.

The Texas Education Agency report was mandated by the Legislature when it approved a major pre-K funding boost last year.

The report recommends limiting pre-K classrooms to 22 maximum students, while estimating that between 13 and 16 percent of existing pre-K classrooms are exceeded that.

It also found that the best pre-K programs had student-to-teacher ratios of 11:1 or less. In classroom observations, the report found the existing average ratio to be 12:1.

Gov. Greg Abbott had pledged that school districts implementing stricter pre-K standards would receive up to $1,500 extra per student. But qualifying districts are actually only getting $734 per pupil. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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