Pennsylvania Secretary of Education:Ron Tomalis
Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 days or 450 (K), 900 (1-8), and 990 (9-12) hours are required by Pennsylvania state law.
Number of Public School Districts: There are 500 public school districts in Pennsylvania.
Number of Public Schools: There are 3292 public schools in Pennsylvania. ****
Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 1,785,993 public school students in Pennsylvania. ****
Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 130,984 public school teachers in Pennsylvania.****
Number of Charter Schools: There are 135 charter schools in Pennsylvania.
Per Pupil Spending: Pennsylvania spends $12,115 per pupil in public education. ****
Average Class Size: The average class size In Pennsylvania is 13.7 students per 1 teacher. ****
% of Title I Schools: 72.8% of schools in Pennsylvania are Title I Schools.****
% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 16.6% of students in Pennsylvania are on IEP's. ****
% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 2.6% of students in Pennsylvania are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****
% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 37.6% of students in Pennsylvania schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****
Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****
Asian/Pacific Islander: 3.1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.2%
School Assessment Data
Graduation Rate: 84.1% of all students entering high school in Pennsylvania graduate. **
ACT/SAT rank: 149 students per 1000 in Pennsylvania had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***
8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****
Math: 286 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Pennsylvania. The U.S. average was 283.
Reading: 268 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Pennsylvania. The U.S. average was 264.
% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 63.9% of students in Pennsylvania go on to attend some level of college. ***
Number of Private Schools: There are 2238 private schools in Pennsylvania.*
Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 330,394 private school students in Pennsylvania.*
The average teacher pay for the state of Pennsylvania was $52,913.33 in 2009.##
Each individual district in the state of Pennsylvania negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.
The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Pennsylvania provided by the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
*Data courtesy of Education Bug .
**Data courtesy of ED.gov
***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis
****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics
##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info