'Our students are falling through the cracks!'

That's the message that the Alberta Teacher's Association (ATA) will take to Alberta's Commission on Learning on Thursday.

That's the message that the Alberta Teacher's Association (ATA) will take to Alberta's Commission on Learning on Thursday.

A report compiled by the Alberta Teachers Association warns there is a growing frustration with increased numbers of students in classes and declining teacher morale.

Dr. David Geelan is a researcher with the University of Alberta. He analyzed more than 1100 submissions made by teachers and students earlier this summer.

"As I was reading the reports the phrase falling through the cracks kept appearing," said Geelan, adding, "it was in about one-fifth of all the submissions."

Geelan was surprised at the number of teachers and parents that think the quality of education is declining. Many of the submissions also pointed to concerns about special needs students being the most vulnerable in changing classrooms.