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Class Size & Enrollment

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  • The Utah Legislature allocates over
    $74 million a year specifically for
    class size reduction.

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  • The average class size in Utah is 22.2.
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  • Utah has the largest household size in the US and only 3.35 adults per student.
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In this section...

 
>Class Sizes 
>The Costs of Reducing Class Size 
>Enrollment Figures 
>Utah's Unique Demographics 

Class Sizes

Average Class Size = 22.2

In the 2006-07 school year, the average class size for Utah's public schools was 22.2.  This figure is based on the number of full-time teachers per student and does not include classroom aides or teacher coordinators.

                Average Student to Teacher Ratio, Fall 2000 to Fall 20061

The Costs of Reducing Class Size

The Class-Size Reduction Fund

Since 1993, Utah has spent over $700 million on reducing class sizes through the Class-Size Reduction fund.  The fund is a supplement to other education funding and is supposed to impact Kindergarten through 2nd grade classes most heavily, although schools may use the funds through 8th grade.   The Class-Size Reduction fund has increased annually, reaching $74 million in fiscal year 2007 (2006-07 school year).

In December 2007, the Office of the Legislative Auditor General conducted an audit of the Class-Size Reduction fund and found it had not achieved reductions in elementary class sizes since 2000. 

The Cost of Smaller Class Sizes

According to calculations done by the Utah Taxpayers Association, it would cost Utah an additional $900 million per year plus $10 billion in building costs to reduce Utah's average class size to 15. This is staggering when you consider that Utah will spend a total of $4.3 billion on K-12 education this school year.

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Enrollment Figures

K-12 Enrollment = 563,371 Students,
21% of Utah's population

In the 2007-08 school year, Utah had 563,371 K-12 students.  537,653 of them were enrolled in public schools. Roughly 1 in 5 Utahns is a public school student.

 Student Enrollment Growth, Fall 1976 to Fall 20171

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Utah's Unique Demographics

Utah's unique demographics play a major role in Utah's class sizes being the highest in the nation.

Average Household Size

Utah has the largest average household size in the U.S.

Average Household Size, 20061

Rank

State

Average
Household Size
1st
Utah
3.08
6th
Arizona
2.72
11th
New Mexico
2.64
13th
Nevada
2.63
16thIdaho
2.61
25th
Colorado
2.52
37th
Montana
2.47
43rd
Wyoming
2.42
National Average
 2.61

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