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Table 32.-Pupil/teacher ratios in elementary and secondary schools, by control of institution, with alternative projections: Fall 1986 to fall 2011
Year Total Public Private
19861 17.4 17.7 15.7
19871 17.3 17.6 15.6
19881 17.0 17.3 15.2
19892 16.7 17.2 13.8
19902 16.9 17.2 14.7
19912 17.0 17.3 14.9
19922 17.1 17.4 14.7
19932 17.0 17.4 14.6
19942 17.0 17.3 14.7
19953 17.0 17.3 14.9
19963 16.8 17.1 14.5
19973 16.5 16.8 14.2
19983 16.2 16.4 14.8
19993 16.0 16.1 15.2
  Middle alternative projections
2000 15.1 15.3 13.7
2001 14.9 15.1 13.5
2002 15.0 15.2 13.6
2003 15.0 15.1 13.6
2004 14.9 15.1 13.5
2005 14.9 15.1 13.5
2006 14.9 15.0 13.4
2007 14.8 15.0 13.4
2008 14.8 14.9 13.4
2009 14.6 14.8 13.3
2010 14.6 14.8 13.2
2011 14.5 14.7 13.2
  Low alternative projections (Based on high alternative projections of teachers)
2000 15.1 15.3 13.7
2001 14.9 15.1 13.5
2002 15.0 15.2 13.6
2003 14.9 15.1 13.5
2004 14.8 15.0 13.4
2005 14.9 15.1 13.5
2006 14.7 14.9 13.3
2007 14.7 14.9 13.3
2008 14.7 14.9 13.3
2009 14.6 14.7 13.2
2010 14.5 14.7 13.2
2011 14.4 14.6 13.1
  High alternative projections (Based on low alternative projections of teachers)
2000 15.1 15.3 13.7
2001 14.9 15.1 13.5
2002 15.0 15.2 13.6
2003 14.9 15.1 13.5
2004 14.8 15.0 13.4
2005 14.9 15.1 13.5
2006 14.9 15.1 13.5
2007 14.8 15.0 13.4
2008 14.8 15.0 13.5
2009 14.8 14.9 13.4
2010 14.7 14.9 13.4
2011 14.7 14.9 13.4
1 Private school numbers are estimated on the basis on past data.
2 Private school teacher numbers are from the Early Estimates survey and private school enrollment numbers are from the Private School Universe Survey.
3 Private school numbers are projected or interpolated.
NOTE: The pupil/teacher ratios were derived from tables 2 and 31. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Projections are based on data through 1999. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A2.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics of Public Elementary and Secondary Schools; Common Core of of Data surveys; Private School Universe Survey, various years; Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Education Statistics, Early Estimates; and Elementary and Secondary Teacher Model. (This table was prepared June 2001.)

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