Student-teacher ratio
This shows the number of students per classroom teacher. A low student-teacher ratio is not the same as a small class size. Some schools have teachers who teach specialized subjects with smaller classes or teach on a part-time basis. Other schools hire extra teachers to free up class preparation time for their core teaching staff. All of these possibilities lower the overall student-teacher ratio but not the average class size.

Source: WA OSPI, 2007-2008

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