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Table 458. Pupil/teacher ratios in public and private elementary and secondary schools, by level of education and country: Selected years, 2000 through 2010
Country Elementary Junior high school (lower secondary) Senior high school (upper secondary)
2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
OECD average1  17.7   17.0   16.4   16.2   16.2   16.0   15.9     14.0   13.6   13.4   13.5   13.5   13.5   13.7   13.5   13.1   13.1   13.1   13.4   13.6  
Australia 17.3   16.2   16.0   15.9   15.8   15.8   15.7                   12.1 2,3  12.2 2,3  12.1 2,3  12.0 2,3  12.0 2,3  12.0 2,3 
Austria   14.1   13.9   13.6   12.9   12.6   12.2     10.6   10.4   10.3   9.9   9.6   9.3     11.3   11.3   11.0   10.5   10.2   10.1  
Belgium 15.0 4  12.8   12.6   12.6 5  12.6 5  12.5 5  12.4 5    9.4   9.4   9.2 5  8.1 5  8.1 5  8.1 5  9.7 3,6  9.9 6  10.2 6  10.2 5,6  10.8 5,6  10.2 5,6  10.1 5,6 
Canada 18.1               18.1         16.6 4,7  17.7 4,7    19.5       16.4 3,4,7,8  14.7   15.8    
Chile   25.9   25.5   24.7   24.1   22.4   24.6     25.9   25.5   24.7   24.1   22.4   25.1     26.6   26.3   25.7   25.2   24.7   26.1  
                                                                                     
Czech Republic 19.7   17.5   17.3   18.7   18.1   18.4   18.7   14.7   13.5   12.3   12.3   11.8   11.5   11.2   11.5   12.8   11.9   12.3   12.2   12.2   12.1  
Denmark 10.4               11.4   11.9 7  11.4 7  11.2 7  10.1 7  9.9 7  11.5 7  14.4              
Estonia     14.1   14.4   16.4   16.2   16.2       12.3   11.4   16.0   15.7   14.9       13.3   12.2 6  12.4 6  16.8 6  16.6 6 
Finland 16.9   15.9   15.0   15.0   14.4   13.6   14.0   10.7   10.0   9.7   9.9   10.6   10.1   9.8   17.0 6,9  18.0 6,9  15.8 6,9  15.9 6  15.9 6  16.6 6  17.1 6 
France 19.8   19.4   19.3 5  19.7 5  19.9 5  19.7 5  18.7 5  14.7   14.2   14.1 5  14.3 5  14.6 5  14.9 5  15.0 5  10.4   10.3   9.7 5  9.6 5  9.4 5  9.6 5  9.7 5 
                                                                                     
Germany 19.8   18.8   18.7   18.3   18.0   17.4   16.7   15.7   15.5   15.5   15.2   15.0   15.1   14.9   13.9   14.0   14.3   14.3   14.0   13.9   13.2  
Greece 13.4   11.1   10.6   10.1   10.1 10      10.8   7.9   8.0   7.7   7.7 10      10.5   8.8   8.3   7.3   7.3 10     
Hungary 10.9   10.6   10.4   10.2   10.6   10.7   10.8   10.9   10.4   10.2   10.2   10.9   10.8   10.7   11.4 6  12.2   12.3   12.1   12.3   12.8   12.5  
Iceland               12.7 7  11.3 7  10.6 7  10.4 7  10.0 7  9.9 7  10.3 7  9.7   10.8 6  10.8 6  10.2 6  10.6 6  10.9 6  11.3  
Ireland 21.5   17.9   19.4   17.9   17.8   15.9   15.9                 15.9 3,6  15.5 3,6  14.6 3,6  13.2 3,6,8  12.8 3,6,8  12.6 3,6,8  14.4 3,6,8 
                                                                                     
Israel   17.3   17.2   16.4   16.3   17.0   20.6 8    13.4   14.1   12.4   12.2   13.7   12.8 8    13.4   13.2   11.8   10.9   10.8   11.0 8 
Italy 11.0   10.6   10.7   10.5   10.6 8  10.7 8  11.3 8  10.4   10.1   10.3   9.4   9.7 8  10.0 8  11.9 8  10.2   11.0   11.0   10.8   11.8 8  11.8 8  12.1 8 
Japan 20.9   19.4   19.2   19.0   18.8   18.6   18.4   16.8   15.1   14.9   14.8   14.7   14.5   14.4   14.0   13.0 6  12.7 6  12.5 6  12.3 6  12.2 6  12.2 6 
Korea, Republic of 32.1   28.0   26.7   25.6   24.1   22.5   21.1   21.5   20.8   20.8   20.5   20.2   19.9   19.7   20.9   16.0   15.9   16.2   16.5   16.7   16.5  
Luxembourg 15.9 8    11.3 8  11.2 8  12.1 8  11.6   10.1                 9.2 3,8  9.0 3,8  9.0 3,6,8  9.0 3,8  9.1 3,8  9.1 3  9.1 3 
                                                                                     
Mexico 27.2   28.3   28.0   28.0   28.0   28.1   28.1   34.8   33.7   33.4   33.3   33.9   33.0   32.7   26.5   25.8   25.4   25.7   25.8   25.6   26.9  
Netherlands 16.8 4  15.9 4  15.3 4  15.6 4  15.8 4,8  15.8 4,8  15.7 4,8                17.1 3  16.2 3  15.8 3,6  15.7 3,6  15.8 3,6,8  16.1 3,6,8  16.5 3,6,8 
New Zealand 20.6   18.1   17.7   17.5   17.1   16.3   16.2   19.9   16.8   16.6   16.2   16.2   16.3   16.3   13.1   12.9   12.7   13.3   12.8   12.8   14.4  
Norway 12.4     10.9 8  11.0 8  10.8 8  10.7 8  10.5 8  9.9     10.2 8  10.2 8  10.1 8  9.9 8  9.9 8  9.7     9.7 6,8  9.8 6,8  9.9 6,8  9.4 6,8  9.4 8 
Poland 12.7   11.7   11.5   11.0   10.5   10.2   10.0   11.5   12.7   12.6   12.4   12.9   12.9   12.7   16.9   12.9   12.8   12.2   12.2   12.0   12.1  
                                                                                     
Portugal 12.1   10.8   10.6   11.8   11.3   11.3   10.9   10.4   8.2   8.3   7.9   8.1   7.6   7.9   7.9   8.0   7.5 6  8.4 6  7.3 6  7.7 6  7.2 6 
Slovak Republic 18.3   18.9   18.6   17.9   18.6   17.7   17.1   13.5   14.1   13.7   13.9   14.5   14.0   13.6   12.8   14.3   14.2   14.1   15.1   15.1   14.6  
Slovenia   15.0   14.9   15.2   15.8   16.7   16.2     11.1   10.2   9.5   8.9   7.9   8.0     14.6   14.0 6  13.9 6  13.7 6  14.3 6  14.3 6 
Spain 14.9   14.3   14.2   13.6   13.1   13.3   13.2     12.5   12.5   11.7   10.3   10.1   10.1   11.9 3  8.1   7.8   7.7   8.7   9.3   9.6  
Sweden 12.8   12.2   12.1   12.3   12.2   12.1   11.7   12.8   12.0   11.4   11.5   11.4   11.3   11.4   15.2   14.0   13.8   13.6   14.7   13.2   13.1  
                                                                                     
Switzerland8   14.6   15.1   14.8   15.4   15.4   14.9     11.7   12.3   12.3   12.1   12.0   11.8     10.5 2  10.5 2  10.6 2  10.4 2  10.4 2  10.3 2 
Turkey 30.5   25.8   26.7   26.2   24.4   22.9   21.7                 14.0   16.2   15.8   16.2   17.0   16.9   17.6  
United Kingdom 21.2   20.7   19.8   19.4   20.2   19.9   19.8   17.6 2  17.0   16.7   16.7   15.0   16.1   17.1   12.5 2  11.8 2,6  11.6 2,6  11.3 2,6  12.4 6  12.3 6  15.2 6 
United States 15.8   14.9   14.6   14.6   15.0   14.8   14.5   16.3   15.1   14.7   14.7   14.8   14.3   14.0   14.1   16.0   15.7   15.6   15.6   15.1   15.0  
                                                                                     
Other reporting                                                                                    
countries                                                                                    
Brazil   22.9   22.5   25.8   24.5   24.0   23.4     18.1   17.6   22.3   21.2   21.0   20.4     17.6   17.0   20.2   18.4   18.1   17.3  
Chile   25.9   25.5   14.4   24.1             25.9   25.5   11.4   24.1             26.6   26.3   12.2   25.2          
Russian                                                                                    
Federation       17.0 8  17.3 8  17.9 8  19.2 8                  11.2 6,11  9.9 3,6,11  8.8 3,6,12  8.7 3,6,12  8.7 3,6,12  11.3 3,6,12 
—Not available.
†Not applicable. This level of education does not exist within the national education structure; students in the age group normally associated with this education level are reported in other levels.
1 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, to which each country reporting data contributes equally. The average includes all current OECD countries for which a given year's data are available, even if they were not members of OECD in that year. However, if data were reported for less than 75 percent of the countries that were members of OECD in a given year, the average for that year is omitted.
2 Includes only general programs.
3 Includes junior high school data.
4 Includes preprimary data.
5 Excludes independent private institutions.
6 Includes postsecondary non-higher-education.
7 Includes elementary school data.
8 Public schools only.
9 Includes occupation-specific education corresponding to that offered at the vocational associate's degree level in the United States.
10 Data included for Greece for 2008 are from 2007.
11 Excludes general programs.
12 Excludes part-time personnel in public institutions.
NOTE: The pupil/teacher ratio is the number of full-time-equivalent students divided by the number of full-time-equivalent teachers, including teachers for students with disabilities and other special teachers. In this table, elementary school corresponds to International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 1 (U.S. grades 1 through 6), junior high school corresponds to ISCED level 2 (U.S. grades 7 through 9), and senior high school corresponds to ISCED level 3 (U.S. grades 10 through 12).
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Online Education Database; and Education at a Glance, 2002 through 2012. (This table was prepared June 2012).
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