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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 3.6.

Pupil-teacher ratios in public schools, by school level, school size, and locale: 200304


School size and locale All schools Elementary Secondary Combined
Total 16.4 16.3 16.9 13.8
Less than 200 11.6 12.8 11.1 8.5
200 to 399 14.7 14.9 14.1 13.0
400 to 799 16.3 16.4 15.6 14.8
800 to 1,199 17.2 17.5 16.7 16.6
1,200 to 1,999 18.1 19.1 17.8 17.7
2,000 or more 19.9 22.4 19.7 21.2
      
City 16.9 16.6 18.1 14.1
Less than 200 10.8 12.6 11.7 8.2
200 to 399 14.6 14.7 15.9 12.3
400 to 799 16.3 16.4 15.6 14.8
800 to 1,199 17.7 18.0 17.0 16.3
1,200 to 1,999 18.5 19.9 18.1 17.4
2,000 or more 20.4 24.4 20.1 25.6
      
Suburban 16.9 16.7 17.5 13.1
Less than 200 10.4 12.9 10.1 7.5
200 to 399 15.1 15.3 14.6 12.9
400 to 799 16.4 16.6 15.4 12.6
800 to 1,199 17.1 17.4 16.6 16.3
1,200 to 1,999 17.9 18.7 17.6 18.0
2,000 or more 19.5 21.1 19.5 16.5
      
Town 15.9 15.9 16.2 14.0
Less than 200 12.7 13.9 12.5 8.6
200 to 399 14.8 15.0 14.1 14.2
400 to 799 16.1 16.3 15.6 16.9
800 to 1,199 16.8 17.0 16.7 17.8
1,200 to 1,999 17.9 18.2 17.9 16.9
2,000 or more 19.2 13.3 19.1 23.1
      
Rural 15.3 15.4 15.3 13.9
Less than 200 11.8 12.6 11.0 9.4
200 to 399 14.4 14.8 13.8 13.1
400 to 799 16.0 16.1 15.7 15.4
800 to 1,199 16.7 17.0 16.4 16.9
1,200 to 1,999 17.6 18.3 17.3 18.2
2,000 or more 19.8 20.5 19.7 26.1
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey," 200304.
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