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CHAPTER XX

STATISTICS OP STATE SCHOOL SYSTEMS, 1923-24

The data presented in this report relate to schools supported by public funds, and include kindergartens, elementary grades, and high schools. Data for junior colleges and other colleges supported by public funds have been omitted where it was possible to identify them. Table 4 contains enrollments, or estimates of enrollments, in private elementary and high schools, but neither enrollments nor expenditures of private schools have been included in the other tables.

Increases are noted in 1924 over 1920 both in numbers and in percentages of enrollments. If we assume all children enrolled in 1920 to be of school age, 5 to 17 inclusive, 77.8 per cent of those of school age were enrolled in public schools. In 1924 this had increased to 82.8 per cent. In 1920, 58.2 per cent of those of school age were in school every day, and in 1924, 65.2 per cent were in average daily attendance. The per cent of those enrolled who were in average daily attendance in 1920 was 74.8, and in 1924 the per cent was 78.8. In 1920, 7.91 per cent of the school census were enrolled in public high schools; in 1924 this had increased to 11.55 per cent. In 1924, 20,898,930 pupils were enrolled in the public elementary schools, and 3,389,878 in the public high schools. Although the general increase in enrollment in 1924 is about 4}^ per cent over that of 1922, seven States, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, and Montana, show losses during this two-year period. Fifteen States show losses in the elementary grades, but the increases in high-school enrollment more than make up the losses in eight States. The increase in percentage of enrollment in the high school is from 12.3 per cent in 1922 to 14 per cent in 1924. This high-school enrollment does not include elementary grades in junior high schools.

The number of teachers employed increased from 722,976 in 1922 to 761,308 in 1924. In 1922 there were 34.2 elementary pupils enrolled to each elementary teacher; in 1924 there were 33.9. The corresponding figures for high-school pupils enrolled per high-school teacher are 22.2 and 23.5.

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