Student-educator ratio

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The Student-Educator ratio data for Alberta were not available for this release for the years prior to 2004/2005. Between 1999/2000 and 2005/2006, the number of educators increased more than enrolments – or decreased less – in every jurisdiction.

The national student-educator ratio has declined each year over the last six, decreasing 6.0% since 1999/2000 (Table A.11).

The student-educator ratio declined in all jurisdictions (Table A.11). A decline in the student-educator ratio means fewer students per educator.

Chart 6
Student-educator ratio, Canada, provinces and territories, 2005/2006

The student-educator ratio must not be confused with class size. The former is much smaller because it accounts for the personnel outside the class (principals, counsellors or specialists) and teachers' time outside the classroom (for preparation and marking).

At the national level, in 2005/2006, there were 14.8 students for each educator.

This ratio was the highest in British Columbia (17 students) and New Brunswick (15.5 students).

The ratio was the lowest in the Yukon (11 students) and Newfoundland and Labrador (13.4) (Chart 6 and Table A.11).