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Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Pupil-Teacher Ratios, 1955–2005

Here's a look at the student-teacher ratio of public and private high schools in the United States. The table covers from 1955 to the most recent data that is available.

Year Total Public Private
1955 27.4 26.9 31.71
1960 26.4 25.8 30.71
1965 25.1 24.7 28.3
1970 22.4 22.3 23.0
1980 18.6 18.7 17.7
1985 17.6 17.9 16.2
1990 16.9 17.2 14.71
1995 17.0 17.3 14.9
2000 16.0 16.0 15.81
2001 15.9 15.9 15.91
2002 15.9 15.9 16.21
2003 15.9 15.9 15.91
20042 15.6 15.6 15.8
20052 15.5 15.5 15.7
1. Estimated.
2. Projected.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics; NCES Common Core of Data (CCD); Projections of Educational Statistics to 2013. From Digest of Education Statistics 2007.

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Percent of Population Enrolled in School, 2000 School Enrollment and Educational Attainment Highest Level of Educational Attainment of U.S. Population, 2005

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