According to a nationally published article praising the high school where I work, we have a 19.1:1 teacher:student ratio.
Even though I know numbers can be massaged sometimes, I have no idea how they can be massaged this much. My average class size this year is 34.5, and my largest class is 37. This is not unusual.
I'm not critiquing my school here. It's how things are done. I have no idea how the numbers are cooked - maybe secretaries in the office are counted as teachers, maybe Educational Aides for students with IEPs are counted - but they certainly do not reflect what is in the classrooms. And, wow, does it ever make me mad.
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