Re "Area school test scores fall" (Our Region, Aug. 30): As an educator in the San Juan Unified School District for 25 years, I believe recent API scores reflect the "elephant in the room" -- which is the elimination of class-size reduction. Research shows smaller classes have a positive affect on student achievement, even more profound in K-3 classrooms with children from lower socioeconomic environments and students with English as a second language.
This demographic continues to grow. We should not be surprised we are now experiencing the impact of bigger classes. Reducing class size needs to be front and center once again. With current budget increases, the San Juan district must take steps to return to 20 students in K-3 and no more than 26 in grades 4 through 6, especially in our schools with a high percentage of low-income students.
-- Karla Davis, Folsom