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Table 6.-Median public school student/teacher ratio, by instructional level and by state: School year 2000-01
State Instructional level
Primary Middle High Other
      Reporting states* 16.0 15.5 14.8 9.7
 
Alabama 14.7 17.7 16.1 15.5
Alaska 17.0 16.7 15.2 11.5
Arizona 17.6 18.3 16.5
Arkansas 15.6 14.5 11.3 12.6
California 19.7 22.6 21.4 16.8
 
Colorado 16.9 16.8 15.4 13.7
Connecticut 14.4 12.8 12.5 14.9
Delaware 16.3 16.1 15.7 5.9
District of Columbia 13.6 13.5 14.1 8.7
Florida 17.2 19.5 19.2 4.9
 
Georgia 16.1 15.8 16.6 15.1
Hawaii 17.2 16.9 17.4 13.3
Idaho 18.0 17.8 15.2 11.9
Illinois 16.7 15.4 14.4 8.0
Indiana 17.7 17.1 17.1 13.2
 
Iowa 14.6 13.8 13.1 11.1
Kansas 14.0 13.8 11.8 6.8
Kentucky 21.0 15.6 15.3 7.5
Louisiana 14.9 15.5 15.5 13.1
Maine 13.4 14.1 13.9 9.7
 
Maryland 16.7 15.7 16.9 5.4
Massachusetts - - - -
Michigan 18.2 17.7 18.3 13.9
Minnesota 15.4 16.5 14.7 6.0
Mississippi 16.8 16.4 16.4 15.5
 
Missouri 14.2 14.9 13.6 8.3
Montana 13.1 13.1 11.6 9.2
Nebraska 12.2 13.6 11.7 8.1
Nevada 17.5 21.0 18.2 5.3
New Hampshire 14.5 14.5 13.1 17.2
 
New Jersey 15.2 13.7 12.8 7.1
New Mexico 14.6 14.7 14.5 15.1
New York 14.7 14.1 14.1 10.3
North Carolina 15.0 14.4 14.4 6.4
North Dakota 12.4 14.0 12.5 15.0
 
Ohio 17.2 16.0 16.8 15.0
Oklahoma 15.6 15.0 12.5 16.8
Oregon 19.4 19.1 18.4 10.5
Pennsylvania 16.9 15.9 15.6 12.8
Rhode Island 15.9 14.2 13.8 7.6
 
South Carolina 14.7 15.5 15.4 13.7
South Dakota 12.3 13.6 11.3 9.2
Tennessee - - - -
Texas 15.1 14.2 12.6 8.0
Utah 21.6 21.6 20.9 13.8
 
Vermont 12.1 12.4 11.4 10.8
Virginia 14.1 13.6 14.1 6.8
Washington 18.9 20.0 19.6 7.7
West Virginia 14.0 14.2 15.1 7.1
Wisconsin 14.8 14.4 14.8 12.3
Wyoming 12.5 12.9 11.7 9.1
   Outlying areas, DoD Dependents Schools, and Bureau of Indian Affairs
DODDS: DoDs Overseas 15.0 15.1 12.7 11.0
DDESS: DoDs Domestic 15.0 13.4 12.5 11.0
Bureau of Indian Affairs - - - -
American Samoa 19.5 28.6 16.5 3.0
Guam 15.0 13.6 18.9
Northern Marianas 17.9 17.9 12.4 15.7
Puerto Rico 15.3 16.7 19.6 15.5
Virgin Islands 13.3 10.3 13.4 7.5
- Data are missing.
Not applicable.
* Total of reporting states, does not include Massachusetts or Tennessee.
NOTE:  Instructional levels are Primary (low grade Prekindergarten to 3, high grade up to 8); Middle (low grade 4 to 7, high grade 4 to 9); High (low grade 7 to 12, high grade 12 only); Other (any configuration not falling within the previous three, including ungraded schools).  For states that did not provide a grade span, grade span was determined by the highest and lowest grades in which students were reported.  U.S. totals include the 50 states and the District of Columbia. If all schools were ranked by student/teacher ratio from smallest to the largest, half of the schools would fall below the median.  For example, half the primary schools in Alabama had a student/teacher ratio of less than 14.7.
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey," 2000-01.

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