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Projections of Education Statistics to 2021

NCES 2013-008
January 2013


Table 17.  Actual and projected numbers for the pupil/teacher ratios in elementary and secondary schools, by control of school: Fall 1996 through fall 2021
Year Total Public Private
Actual      
1996 1 16.9 17.1 15.5
1997 16.6 16.8 15.2
1998 1 16.3 16.4 15.0
1999 15.9 16.1 14.7
2000 1 15.9 16.0 14.5
2001 15.7 15.9 14.3
2002 1 15.7 15.9 14.1
2003 15.7 15.9 13.8
2004 1 15.5 15.8 13.7
2005 15.4 15.6 13.5
2006 1 15.3 15.6 13.2
2007 15.2 15.5 13.0
2008 1 15.0 15.3 12.8
2009 15.0 15.4 12.5
2010 1 15.0 15.2 12.4
Projected      
2011 14.9 15.2 12.3
2012 14.8 15.2 12.3
2013 14.8 15.1 12.3
2014 14.7 15.0 12.2
2015 14.6 14.9 12.1
2016 14.5 14.8 12.1
2017 14.4 14.7 12.0
2018 14.3 14.6 11.9
2019 14.2 14.5 11.8
2020 14.1 14.4 11.7
2021 14.1 14.4 11.7
1 Since the biennial Private School Universe Survey (PSS) is collected in the fall of odd-numbered years, private school numbers for alternate years are estimated based on data from the PSS.
NOTE: The pupil/teacher ratios were derived from tables 1 and 16. Teachers reported in full-time equivalents. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education,” 1996–97 through 2010–11; Private School Universe Survey (PSS), selected years, 1997–98 through 2009–10; National Elementary and Secondary Enrollment Model, 1972–2010; and Elementary and Secondary Teacher Model, 1973–2010. (This table was prepared March 2012.)

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