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Report: Nevada has most students per teacher in country

Posted: 12:29 PM, May 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-21 15:29:43-04
Report: Nevada has most students per teacher in country

Nevada has the largest student-to-teacher ratio in the nation for the second year in a row, according to the 2018 National Education Association Rankings and Statistics .

With 25.86 average students per teacher in 2017, Nevada has the largest classrooms in the nation, followed by Arizona and Utah.

Based on past reports from the NEA, the average class size in Nevada has increased by seven students in just three years. In 2016, the average students per classroom in the Silver State was 25.67.

The average students per teacher in surrounding states:

  • Arizona - 23.51 
  • Utah - 22.50 
  • California - 22.43
  • Idaho - 18.69
  • Oregon - 19.58

The report comes on the heels of the Clark County School District announcing budget cuts that will likely lead to even larger class sizes. 

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The average salary for teachers in Nevada is $57,376, which ranks 18th overall. 

The average salary per teacher in surrounding states:

  • Arizona - $47,403
  • Utah - $47,244
  • California - $79,128
  • Idaho - $47,504
  • Oregon - $61,862

Nevada also ranks 42nd in percentage of revenue the education fund gets from state government (37 percent) and 48th in per-pupil funding at $8,965.

Nevada had 448,142 students enrolled in 2017, with the vast majority in Clark County schools -- 321,648. The next largest is Washoe County. There are 17,335 teachers in Nevada in 2017.