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Table 71. Teachers, enrollment, and pupil/teacher ratios in public elementary and secondary schools, by state or jurisdiction: Selected years, fall 2000 through fall 2009
State or jurisdiction Pupil/teacher ratio Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009
Fall 2000 Fall 2004 Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Teachers Enrollment Pupil/
teacher ratio
Teachers Enrollment Pupil/
teacher ratio
Teachers Enrollment Pupil/
teacher ratio
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
United States 16.0 1  15.8 1  15.6 1  15.6 1  3,178,142 1  49,292,507 1  15.5 1  3,222,154 1  49,265,572 1  15.3 1  3,209,637 1  49,373,307 15.4 1 
Alabama 15.4 2  14.2   12.8   13.2   50,420   744,865   14.8   47,818   745,668   15.6   47,492   748,889 15.8  
Alaska 16.9   17.1   16.8   16.8   7,613   131,029   17.2   7,927   130,662   16.5   8,083   131,661 16.3  
Arizona 19.8   21.3   21.3   20.3   54,032   1,087,447   20.1   54,696   1,087,817   19.9   51,947   1,077,831 20.7  
Arkansas 14.1   14.8   14.4   13.6   33,882   479,016   14.1   37,162   478,965   12.9   37,240   480,559 12.9  
California 20.6 2  21.1 2  20.8 2  20.8 2  305,230 2  6,343,471 2  20.8 2  303,647 2  6,322,528 2  20.8 2  313,795 2  6,263,449 20.0 2 
                                                   
Colorado 17.3   17.0   17.0   16.9   47,761   801,867   16.8   48,692   818,443   16.8   49,060   832,368 17.0  
Connecticut 13.7   14.9   14.5   14.7   39,304   570,626   14.5   48,463   567,198   11.7   43,593   563,985 12.9  
Delaware 15.4   15.2   15.1   15.2   8,198   122,574   15.0   8,322   125,430   15.1   8,640   126,801 14.7  
District of Columbia 13.9   14.2   14.0 3  13.5 3  6,347   78,422   12.4   5,321   68,681   12.9   6,370   69,433 10.9  
Florida 18.4   17.0   16.8   16.4   168,737   2,666,811   15.8   186,361   2,631,020   14.1   183,827   2,634,522 14.3  
                                                   
Georgia 15.9   14.8   14.7   14.3   116,857   1,649,589   14.1   118,839   1,655,792   13.9   115,918   1,667,685 14.4  
Hawaii 16.9   16.4   16.3   16.0   11,397   179,897   15.8   11,295   179,478   15.9   11,404   180,196 15.8  
Idaho 17.9   17.9   18.0   18.1   15,013   272,119   18.1   15,148   275,051   18.2   15,201   276,299 18.2  
Illinois 16.1   16.0   15.8   15.0   136,571   2,112,805   15.5   135,704   2,119,707   15.6   138,483   2,104,175 15.2  
Indiana 16.7   16.9   17.1   17.0   62,334   1,046,766   16.8   62,668   1,046,147   16.7   62,258   1,046,661 16.8  
                                                   
Iowa 14.3   13.8   13.7   13.6   36,089   485,115   13.4   35,961   487,559   13.6   35,842   491,842 13.7  
Kansas 14.4   14.2   13.9   13.3   35,359   468,295   13.2   35,883   471,060   13.1   34,700   474,489 13.7  
Kentucky 16.8   16.3   16.0   15.8   43,536   666,225   15.3   43,451   670,030   15.4   44,371   680,089 15.3  
Louisiana 16.6   16.6   16.6   16.6   48,610   681,038   16.6   49,377   684,873   16.6   49,646   690,915 16.6  
Maine 12.5   11.9   11.7   11.5   16,558   196,245   11.9   15,912   192,935   12.1   16,275   189,225 11.6  
                                                   
Maryland 16.3   15.7   15.2   14.6   59,320   845,700   14.3   58,940   843,861   14.3   58,235   848,412 14.6  
Massachusetts 14.5   13.3   13.2   13.2   70,719   962,958   13.6   70,398   958,910   13.6   69,909   957,053 13.7  
Michigan 17.7 2  17.4   17.8   17.6   96,204   1,692,739   17.6   94,754   1,659,921   17.5   92,691   1,649,082 17.8  
Minnesota 16.0   16.1   16.4   16.2   52,975   837,578   15.8   53,083   836,048   15.7   52,839   837,053 15.8  
Mississippi 16.1   15.8   15.7   15.3   33,560   494,122   14.7   33,358   491,962   14.7   33,103   492,481 14.9  
                                                   
Missouri 14.1   13.8   13.7   13.6   68,430   917,188   13.4   68,015   917,871   13.5   67,796   917,982 13.5  
Montana 14.9   14.3   14.0   13.9   10,519   142,823   13.6   10,467   141,899   13.6   10,521   141,807 13.5  
Nebraska 13.6   13.5   13.4   13.4   21,930   291,244   13.3   22,057   292,590   13.3   22,256   295,368 13.3  
Nevada 18.6   19.1   19.0   18.5   23,423   429,362   18.3   21,993   433,371   19.7   22,104   428,947 19.4  
New Hampshire 14.5   13.5   13.2   13.1   15,484   200,772   13.0   15,661   197,934   12.6   15,491   197,140 12.7  
                                                   
New Jersey 13.3   12.1   12.4   12.4   111,500   1,382,348   12.4   114,713   1,381,420   12.0   115,248   1,396,029 12.1  
New Mexico 15.2   15.0   14.8   14.9   22,300   329,040   14.8   22,825   330,245   14.5   22,724   334,419 14.7  
New York 13.9   13.0   12.9   12.8   211,854   2,765,435   13.1   217,944   2,740,592   12.6   214,804   2,766,052 12.9  
North Carolina 15.5   15.0   14.8   12.9   106,562   1,489,492   14.0   109,634   1,488,645   13.6   105,046 4  1,483,397 14.1  
North Dakota 13.4   12.5   12.3   12.1   8,068   95,059   11.8   8,181   94,728   11.6   8,366   95,073 11.4  
                                                   
Ohio 15.5   15.6   15.6   16.6   109,766   1,827,184   16.6   112,845   1,817,163   16.1   111,378   1,764,297 15.8  
Oklahoma 15.1   15.6   15.2   15.1   46,735   642,065   13.7   46,571   645,108   13.9   42,678   654,802 15.3  
Oregon 19.4   20.1   19.5   18.8   30,013   565,586   18.8   30,152   575,393   19.1   28,751   582,839 20.3  
Pennsylvania 15.5   15.1   15.0   15.2   135,234   1,801,971   13.3   129,708   1,775,029   13.7   130,984   1,786,103 13.6  
Rhode Island 14.8   13.3   10.8   13.3   11,271   147,629   13.1   11,316   145,342   12.8   11,365   145,118 12.8  
                                                   
South Carolina 14.9   15.0   14.6   14.4   47,382   712,317   15.0   49,941   718,113   14.4   46,980   723,143 15.4  
South Dakota 13.7   13.5   13.4   13.4   9,416   121,606   12.9   9,244   126,429   13.7   9,326   123,713 13.3  
Tennessee 15.9 2  15.7 2  16.0   15.7   64,659   964,259   14.9   64,926   971,950   15.0   65,361   972,549 14.9  
Texas 14.8   15.0   15.0   14.8   321,929   4,674,832   14.5   327,905   4,752,148   14.5   333,164   4,850,210 14.6  
Utah 21.9   22.6 2  22.1   22.1   24,336   576,244   23.7   23,657   559,778   23.7   25,474   582,793 22.9  
                                                   
Vermont 12.1   11.3   10.9   10.8   8,749   94,038   10.7   8,766   93,625   10.7   8,734   92,431 10.6  
Virginia 13.2 2  12.9   11.7   15.3   71,861   1,230,857   17.1   71,415   1,235,795   17.3   70,827   1,245,340 17.6  
Washington 19.7   19.2   19.3   19.1   53,960   1,030,247   19.1   54,428   1,037,018   19.1   53,448   1,035,347 19.4  
West Virginia 13.7   14.0   14.1   14.4   20,306   282,535   13.9   20,209   282,729   14.0   20,299   282,662 13.9  
Wisconsin 14.6   14.3   14.6   14.8   58,914   874,633   14.8   59,401   873,750   14.7   58,426   872,436 14.9  
Wyoming 13.3   12.7   12.6   12.6   6,915   86,422   12.5   7,000   87,161   12.5   7,166   88,155 12.3  
                                                   
Bureau of Indian
   Education
                       
DoD, overseas 14.4   14.0   14.0   11.7   4,147   57,247   13.8   4,551   56,768   12.5      
DoD, domestic 14.2   14.6   14.6   13.1   2,243   27,548   12.3   2,145   28,013   13.1      
                                                   
Other jurisdictions                                                  
American Samoa 19.1   17.1   17.1   16.9                  
Guam 16.4   18.3   18.3                    
Northern Marianas 19.0   20.0   20.0   20.2   550   11,299   20.5   514   10,913   21.2   552   10,961 19.9  
Puerto Rico 16.3   13.4   13.4   13.5   40,826   526,565   12.9   39,356   503,635   12.8   39,102   493,393 12.6  
U.S. Virgin Islands 12.9   10.6   10.6   10.6   1,518   15,903   10.5   1,331   15,768   11.8   1,425   15,493 10.9  
—Not available.
1 Includes imputed values for states.
2 Includes imputations for underreporting of prekindergarten teachers/enrollment.
3 Imputed.
4 Includes imputations for underreporting of kindergarten teachers.
NOTE: Teachers reported in full-time equivalents (FTE). DoD = Department of Defense. The pupil/teacher ratio includes teachers for students with disabilities and other special teachers, while these teachers are generally excluded from class size calculations. Ratios reflect totals reported by states and differ from totals reported for schools or school districts. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 2000-01 through 2009-10. (This table was prepared February 2012.)
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