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Table 8.  Average class size for school teachers in elementary schools, secondary schools, and schools with combined grades, by classroom type, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2007–08

Elementary schools Secondary schools Combined grade schools
Average class size for teachers in self-contained classes Average class size for teachers in departmentalized instruction Average class size for teachers in self-contained classes Average class size for teachers in departmentalized instruction Average class size for teachers in self-contained classes Average class size for teachers in departmentalized instruction
School type and selected
 school characteristic
               
All schools   20.1   23.3     18.6   23.0     15.3   16.5  
                               
All public schools   20.3   23.7     18.6   23.3     15.1   16.8  
                               
School classification                              
Traditional public   20.3   23.7     18.5   23.3     14.6   16.6  
Charter school   21.7   23.6     33.1   20.3     21.5   18.8  
                               
Community type                              
City   20.5   24.4     22.2   24.3     12.6   17.6  
Suburban   21.0   24.4     17.9   24.5     12.9   17.7  
Town   19.9   23.6     14.7   21.8     16.1   16.6  
Rural   19.2   22.3     18.5   21.2     16.3   16.4  
                               
Student enrollment                              
Less than 100   13.0   12.0     13.7   13.6     8.9   9.0  
100-199   18.0   18.9     21.4   17.2     11.1   11.0  
200-499   20.0   21.2     18.4   19.1     15.7   16.2  
500-749   20.9   24.1     15.6   22.0     18.8   20.3  
750-999   20.8   26.8     15.6   23.3     18.6   20.6  
1,000 or more   20.1   25.0     20.4   24.9     20.9   22.6  
                               
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                             
0-34   20.8   24.8     17.6   23.8     16.2   17.0  
35-49   19.8   22.5     19.9   23.3     16.1   18.4  
50-74   19.8   23.0     17.6   22.8     15.2   17.5  
75 or more   20.4   23.8     21.2   21.2     12.0   13.2  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
  19.2   18.5     21.3   19.0     18.1   14.8  
                               
All BIE schools   17.1   15.4     21.4 ! 15.2     15.6   12.5  
                               
All private schools   18.1   19.8     18.4   19.9     15.4   16.3  
                               
School classification                              
Catholic   20.8   23.0     15.5 ! 23.3     25.1 ! 19.3  
Other religious   15.2   15.6     25.7   17.6     15.4   17.2  
Nonsectarian   17.0   16.3     14.6 ! 10.1     14.2   14.4  
                               
Community type                              
City   18.3   20.7     22.0   21.6     17.0   16.4  
Suburban   19.1   20.6     11.9   19.8     15.0   17.4  
Town   16.8   17.4     7.1   18.5     16.3   15.0  
Rural   14.4   14.5     33.5 ! 14.7     13.6   14.1  
                               
Student enrollment                              
Less than 100   12.7   9.5     14.8 ! 8.5     9.8   8.3  
100-199   16.7   15.6     21.5 ! 15.8     13.0   12.1  
200-499   21.2   21.9     21.1   17.3     18.0   16.0  
500-749   25.4   29.2     23.0   22.9     18.5   19.0  
750 or more   24.4   34.1     26.0   25.6     22.0   20.7  
                               
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                             
0-34   18.4   20.9     29.0 ! 20.4     20.6   15.2  
35-49   17.2   17.6     7.4   16.8     12.4   15.0  
50-74   17.8   20.6     13.7   13.3 !   13.2   23.4  
75 or more   17.7   16.8     12.0   17.1     15.7   21.7 !
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
  18.0   19.6     15.5   20.1     14.8   16.2  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: BIE school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. Among all school teachers, 28% teach self-contained classes in elementary schools, 1% in secondary schools, and 3% in combined schools; 17% teach departmentalized classes in elementary schools, 27% in secondary schools, and 6% in combined schools; 16% teach other types of classes, such as elementary subject specialist classes, team taught classes, and “pull-out” classes or“push-in” classes, in elementary schools, 2% in secondary schools, and 1% in combined schools.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher, BIE School Teacher, and Private School TeacherData Files," 2007–08.


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