The Condition of Education 2014

Elementary and Secondary Education

Teachers and Pupil/Teacher Ratios

For public schools, the pupil/teacher ratio fell from 26.9 pupils per teacher in 1955 to 17.9 in 1985, and then further declined to 15.3 in 2008. In the most recent years, the pupil/teacher ratios in 2010 and 2011 (both at 16.0) were higher than the ratio in 2009 (15.4).

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Public elementary and secondary school pupil/teacher ratios: Selected years, fall 1955 through fall 2011

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics of Public Elementary and Secondary Day Schools and Common Core of Data (CCD).