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Table 601.60. Teachers’ statutory teaching and total working time and average class size in public elementary and secondary schools, by level of education and country: 2016 and 2017
Country Statutory teaching time, 20171 Total statutory working time2
in hours, 2017
Average class size, 2016
Number of weeks of teaching Number of days of teaching Net teaching time in hours
Elemen-tary school Junior high school (lower sec-ondary)3 Senior high school (upper sec-ondary)3 Elemen-tary school Junior high school (lower sec-ondary)3 Senior high school (upper sec-ondary)3 Elemen-tary school Junior high school (lower sec-ondary)3 Senior high school (upper sec-ondary)3 Elemen-tary school Junior high school (lower sec-ondary)3 Senior high school (upper sec-ondary)3 Elemen-tary school Junior high school (lower secondary)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
OECD average4 38 38 37   183 181 179   778 701 655   1,620 1,642 1,638   21   23
Australia5 40 40 40   195 195 195   865 797 797     23   21
Austria5 38 38 38   180 180 180   779 607 589   1,776 1,776   18   21
Belgium (Flemish)5,6 37 37 37   157 128 128   739 533 498      
Belgium (French)5 36 36 36   179 179 179   716 657 596   962    
Canada5 37 37 37   183 183 183   798 745 746      
                                       
Chile7 38 38 38   178 178 178   1,064 1,064 1,064   1,962 1,962 1,962   28   29
Czech Republic5 39 39 39   187 187 187   617 617 589   1,560 1,560 1,560   21   22
Denmark     405   1,680 1,680 1,680   22   22
Estonia5 35 35 35   172 172 172   585 602 568   1,540 1,540 1,540   19   19
Finland6 38 38 38   187 187 187   673 589 547     20   20
                                       
France5 36 36 36   162   900 684 684   1,607 1,607 1,607   23   25
Germany5 40 40 40   193 193 193   801 747 719   1,782 1,782 1,782   21   24
Greece7 36 36 35   176 177 172   660 609 594     17   20
Hungary6 38 38 38   182 182 181   655 655 652   1,664 1,664 1,664   21   21
Iceland 37 37 36   180 180 175   624 624 485   1,760 1,760 1,800   19   20
                                       
Ireland5 37 33 33   182 164 164   910 722 722     25  
Israel5 37 36 36   182 175 173   843 699 610   1,236 1,181 1,166   27   29
Italy5 39 39 39   174 174 174   766 626 626     19   21
Japan8 40 40 39   201 201 196   742 610 511   1,883 1,883 1,883   27   32
Korea, Republic of6 38 38 38   190 190 190   671 533 551   1,520 1,520 1,520   23   29
                                       
Latvia5 35 35 35   170 170 170   1,020 1,020 1,020   1,760 1,760 1,760   16   15
Lithuania5 32 34 34   160 170 168   576 612 603   1,584 1,584 1,584   16   18
Luxembourg5          
Mexico5 42 42 36   200 200 171   800 1,047 838     24   29
Netherlands7 40   200   930 750 750   1,659 1,659 1,659   23 9
                                       
New Zealand5 38 38 38   192 191 190   922 840 760      
Norway7 38 38 38   190 190 190   741 663 523   1,688 1,688 1,688    
Poland5 37 37 37   179 177 175   564 478 473   1,496 1,480 1,464   19   22
Portugal7 39 38 38   173 168 168   779 616 616   1,488 1,458 1,458   21   22
Slovak Republic5 39 39 39   189 189 189   794 652 567   1,568 1,568 1,568   18   19
                                       
Slovenia5 38 38 38   190 190 190   627 627 570     20   20
Spain5 37 37 36   176 176 171   880 713 693   1,425 1,425 1,425   21   25
Sweden5       1,767 1,767 1,767   19   21
Switzerland5 39 39 39   190 190 190   817 760 646   2,142 2,142 2,142   19   19
Turkey5 38 38 38   180 180 180   720 504 504   1,592 1,592 1,592   21   24
                                       
United Kingdom         27   21
England 38 38 38   190 190 190     1,265 1,265 1,265    
Scotland7 38 38 38   190 190 190   855 855 855   1,365 1,365 1,365    
United States10,11 36 36 36 12 180 180 180 12 1,004 966 966 12 2,016 2,032 2,047 12 21   27
                                       
Other reporting countries                                      
Brazil 42 42 42   200 200 200       24   28
Colombia5 40 40 40   200 200 200   1,000 1,200 1,200   1,600 1,600 1,600   25   31
Costa Rica5 41 41 41   198 198 198   1,188 1,267 1,267     15   35
Russian Federation         20   19
—Not available.
†Not applicable according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
1 Statutory teaching time refers to the number of hours per year that a full-time teacher is expected to teach a group or class of students (net contact time for instruction), as set by policy, teachers’ contracts, or other official documents. It excludes overtime and preparation time.
2 Total statutory working time refers to the number of hours that a full-time teacher is expected to work. It excludes overtime.
3 General programs only, unless otherwise noted.
4 Refers to the mean of the data values for all reporting OECD countries, to which each country or country component reporting data contributes equally.
5 Typical teaching time reported. For the Flemish community of Belgium, typical teaching time is reported only at the primary level.
6 Minimum teaching time reported. For the Flemish community of Belgium, minimum teaching time is reported only at the secondary levels (junior high school and senior high school).
7 Maximum teaching time reported.
8 Average planned teaching time in each school at the beginning of the school year.
9 Includes preprimary education.
10 Actual teaching time reported.
11All data are for 2016.
12Includes vocational programs.
NOTE: In this table, elementary school corresponds to International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011 level 1 (U.S. grades 1 through 6), junior high school corresponds to ISCED 2011 level 2 (U.S. grades 7 through 9), and senior high school corresponds to ISCED 2011 level 3 (U.S. grades 10 through 12).
SOURCE: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Education at a Glance, 2018, and Online Education Database, retrieved November 27, 2018, from https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx. (This table was prepared November 2018.)

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