Contracts for Excellence

Class Size Reduction

Updated October 6, 2010

As stipulated by the Contracts for Excellence legislation, the New York City Department of Education submitted a Five Year Class Size Reduction Plan to the New York State Education Department that was approved on November 19, 2007. The plan is a comprehensive strategy to reduce class sizes across the system in alignment with the basic principles of leadership, empowerment and performance accountability that are the foundation of the Children First reforms. Contracts for Excellence funding is only one piece of the plan. Beyond resource allocation, the Five Year Plan includes a variety of multi-year strategies such as system-wide guidance and targeted coaching, policy adjustments, new school construction, collaborative team teaching and class size data tracking and accountability.

For the 2009-2010 school year, the New York State Department of Education required the DOE to provide additional information related to our Class Size Plan. Below are the links to the NYSED request and the DOE response including class size data.

NYSED letter to DOE (10/22/09)

DOE responses to NYSED (11/23/09)

DOE Projected Class Size Data 2009-2010




2008-2009 Class Size Reduction