Class Size Report

Glossary of Terms 

Active Register: The active register is the current register. Student and class registers can fluctuate as principals and school-based personnel make changes to student schedules and/or audit the school’s overall register. For this reason it is very important to note the day on which any register data is reported. This report is based on a snapshot of the active register on October 31, 2011.

Automate The Schools (ATS): Automate the Schools (ATS) is a school-based administrative system which standardizes and automates the collection and reporting of data for all students in the New York City Public Schools.

Bridge Class: A bridge class is a type of class that either spans grade levels or is Integrated Teaching class. This analysis does not include any classes that span more than one grade.

Integrated Co-Teaching (Formerly Collaborative Team Teaching or CTT): Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) ensures that students with disabilities are educated alongside age-appropriate peers in a general education classroom. ICT classes consist of one general education teacher and one special education teacher, providing a reduced student/ teacher ratio. Co-teachers provide individual attention to students and co-plan and prepare lessons, activities, and projects that take into account the learning differences among all students in the class. For high school preliminary class size data in 2011-12, in addition to classes programmed as ICT, the reports also indicate where sections were identified that are assumed to be ICT: sections with matching day, period, room and core subject, and combined enrollment less than 34 are assumed to be co-teaching situations.

Core Course: Every course entered into STARS (Student Transcript and Academic Reporting System) has a “course code” that indicates the course of study. This report only includes English, math, science and social studies classes that abide by the course code conventions noted below for each system:
  • English 5: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the third byte is “5”
  • English 6: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the third byte is “6”
  • English 7: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the third byte is “7”
  • English 8: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the third byte is “8”
  • English 9: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the third byte is “9”
  • English Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the third byte is not any of the numbers listed above
  • Social Studies 5: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the third byte is “5”
  • Social Studies 6: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the third byte is “6”
  • Social Studies 7: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the third byte is “7”
  • Social Studies 8: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the third byte is “8”
  • Social Studies 9: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the third byte is “9”
  • Social Studies Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the third byte is not any of the numbers listed above
  • Science 5: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the third byte is “5”
  • Science 6: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the third byte is “6”
  • Science 7: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the third byte is “7”
  • Science 8: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the third byte is “8”
  • Science 9: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the third byte is “9”
  • Science Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the third byte is not any of the numbers listed above
  • Math 5: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the third byte is “5”
  • Math 6: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the third byte is “6”
  • Math 7: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the third byte is “7”
  • Math 8: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the third byte is “8”
  • Math 9: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the third byte is “9”
  • Math Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the third byte is not any of the numbers listed above

HSST (Course codes are nine bytes. Only courses flagged as “core towards graduation” are included.)

  • English 9: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the second byte is “A”, “1”, or “2”
  • English 10: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the second byte is “B”, “3” or “4”
  • English 11: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the second byte is “C”, “5” or “6”
  • English 12: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and the second byte is “D”, “7” or “8”
  • English Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “E” and second byte is not any of the numbers or letters listed above
  • Global History 9: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the second byte is “A”, “1”, or “2”
  • Global History 10: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the second byte is “B”, “3” or “4”
  • US History: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the second byte is “C”, “5” or “6”
  • US Government: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the second byte is “D”, or “7”
  • Economics: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the second byte is “D”, or “8”
  • US Govt. & Economics: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and the second byte is “D”
  • Social Studies Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “H” and second byte is not any of the numbers or letters listed above
  • Living Environment: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the second byte is “L”
  • Earth Science: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the second byte is “E”
  • Chemistry: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the second byte is “C”
  • Physics: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the second byte is not any of letters listed above
  • Science Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “S” and the second byte is “C”
  • Math A: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the second byte is “A”
  • Math B: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the second byte is “B”
  • Algebra: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the second byte is “E”
  • Geometry: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and the second byte is “G”
  • Math Other: Where the first byte of the course code is “M” and second byte is not any of the letters listed above

General Education: General education classes are those classes not coded as special education, integrated co-teaching or gifted and talented.

Gifted and Talented: Gifted and Talented is a class designation that only applies to classes in grades K-5 where the students have been placed through the citywide screening process. In FY13, a new code was created for classes that include G&T and ICT students. Previously, a class could be identified as one or the other, but not both.

High School Scheduling and Transcripts (HSST) System: This system provides for data entry and processing of student scheduling, grade reporting and transcripts. This system allows for the reporting of class size by course.

School Code: Every school in the system can be identified by its 4-digit code. The first letter of the school code signifies the borough in which the school is located       (M = Manhattan, X = Bronx, R = Staten Island, K = Brooklyn and Q = Queens).

Self-contained Special Education: Self-contained students receive instruction in special education classrooms, often with a paraprofessional assisting. The ratio of students to teachers and paraprofessionals (Service Category) is denoted as 12:1, 12:1:1, etc.

Service Category: See Self-contained Special Education.