The following was included in TCTA's 2017-18 Survival Guide, the ultimate reference tool for Texas educators, and is current as of September 2017 but is subject to change.

  • Each district must maintain an average ratio of no more than 20 students for one teacher.

  • For kindergarten through grade 4, the district may not enroll more than 22 students in a class except during the last 12 weeks of the year. Districts with high migrant populations may exceed the 22-to-1 ratio during a different 12-week period than the last 12 weeks of the year, but the period must be specified by the district.

  • Districts that obtain waivers from the limit must provide written notice to parents of each affected student, unless larger class sizes are part of a District of Innovation plan.

  • Districts must specifically identify how student safety will be ensured if PE class-size ratios exceed 45-to-1.

Note: Some districts obtaining District of Innovation status may choose to be exempt from class-size limits set by the state. Check with your local district for exceptions to what is listed above. For more about Districts of Innovation, click here.