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School Staffing Spikes Despite Flatline in Student Enrollment

Created on November 9, 2015

School Staffing Spikes Despite Flatline in Student Enrollment


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Over the past 45 years, the number of students enrolled in the public school system has increased by only 9 percent. During that same time, education staffing, both teaching and non-teaching, has expanded by 83 percent.

Notes: Some figures have been interpolated. Figures for non-teaching and total staff are up to the most recent data sets. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, “Public and private elementary and secondary teachers, enrollment, pupil/teacher ratios, and new teacher hires: Selected years, fall 1955 through fall 2012” Table 208.20, https://nces.ed.gov/ programs/digest/d13/tables/dt13_208.20.asp (accessed August 7, 2015).

CHART 2 • BG 3056

Tags: higher-education, standardized-testing, national-assessment-of-educational-progress