Scheduling and Class Size

Generally, state law requires districts to provide students 75,600 minutes of instruction per year, including recesses and intermissions.  A district's overall ratio of students to teachers cannot exceed 20 to 1, absent a waiver.   The following are resources related to the school year, school day, and class size.

Related Policies

Your local school board policy manual contains TASB's (LEGAL) reference policies and board-adopted (LOCAL) policies.  Your district may also have relevant administrative regulations.  For more information on scheduling and class size, see district policy and regulations at the following codes:


EB School Year
EC School Day
EEB Class Size


Other Resources

  • The Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) document, House Bill 2610 Frequently Asked Questions, provides guidance on implementing the change in law that requires 75,600 instructional minutes rather than 180 instructional days.
  • TEA’s Maximum Class Size Exceptions Website provides information for school districts regarding class size and exceptions to the maximum class size requirements under the Texas Education Code.
  • The TEA State Waivers Unit Website describes permitted waivers, including class size waivers, and the application process.
  • TEA Office of Legal Services General FAQ’s answers frequently asked questions on various topics, including class size ratios.