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Education > Class size > Age 9: Countries Compared

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Author: Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Class size indicates the number of students a classroom teacher is responsible for during the school year. Class size should not be confused with the more commonly used pupil-teacher ratio.



Pupil–teacher ratio is one method used to determine the level of resourcing in education. It is calculated from the number of students in a district compared with the number of EFT (effective full time) educators. The number of educators includes teachers with other responsibilities such as school management, pastoral care special education and counseling. For this reason the pupil – teacher ratio is typically lower than the actual number of students in an average class.



To gain a better overview of educational resourcing, other methods including expenditure per pupil and proportion of GDP devoted to public education should also be consulted.

DEFINITION: The average number of children in every class of nine-year-olds.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Hong Kong 36.2 students 2002
2 Iran 31.9 students 2002
3 Japan 31.4 students 2002
4 New Zealand 28.9 students 2002
5 Cyprus 26.4 students 2002
6 United States 23.5 students 2002
7 Canada 22.8 students 2002
8 Slovenia 21.9 students 2002
9 Ireland 21.8 students 2002
10 Netherlands 21.2 students 2002
11 Greece 20 students 2002
12 Thailand 19.4 students 2002
13 Portugal 19.3 students 2002
14 Czech Republic 19.1 students 2002
15 Latvia 18.7 students 2002
16 Norway 17.4 students 2002
17 Iceland 14.4 students 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by Education > Class size > Age 9. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", "Efficiency and Equity in Schools around the World" by Eric A. Hanushek and Javier A. Luque, April 2002. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Education/Class-size/Age-9

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Class size indicates the number of students a classroom teacher is responsible for during the school year. Class size should not be confused with the more commonly used pupil-teacher ratio.



Pupil–teacher ratio is one method used to determine the level of resourcing in education. It is calculated from the number of students in a district compared with the number of EFT (effective full time) educators. The number of educators includes teachers with other responsibilities such as school management, pastoral care special education and counseling. For this reason the pupil – teacher ratio is typically lower than the actual number of students in an average class.



To gain a better overview of educational resourcing, other methods including expenditure per pupil and proportion of GDP devoted to public education should also be consulted.

Posted on 10 Jan 2005

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

Edria Murray, Staff Editor

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