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BCTF Research Report

Section II
2005-TD-02

Teacher/Administrator Ratios, by District,
2001–02 to 2004–05

By Colleen Hawkey
June 2005

The loss of staff from school districts since 2001–02 has reduced the number of both full-time-equivalent teachers (-2,609) and administrators (-124). This report shows comparisons between districts as well as over time, and provides a baseline for comparisons of future teacher and administrative staff added with increased funding.

Table 1 shows the ratio of teachers to administrators for two points in time, 2001–02 and 2004–05.

Overall, the ratio has declined slightly from 12.5 teachers for every administrator, to 12.1 teachers for every administrator. This change reflects the relative decline in teacher numbers (7.8%) compared to that of administrators (4.7%) over the same time period, that is, since 2001–02.

At the district level, almost all districts have seen a decrease in the number of teachers per administrator. The largest change was in Nisga’a (District # 92) where there were 9.2 teachers in 2001–02 for every administrator, and in 2004–05 there were 5.3 teachers for every administrator. This ratio reflects an increase of three FTE Administrators (from 5 to 8 or 60%) and a decline of four FTE teachers (from 46 to 42, or -8.7%).

The second largest change was in Boundary (District #51), which went from 11 to 8 teachers per administrator – an increase of three FTE administrators and a decrease of fifteen FTE teachers. The same rate of decline was seen in Revelstoke (District #19), which went from 13.9 to 10.9, with an increase of one FTE administrator and a decrease of seven FTE teachers.

Table 1: Teacher / Administrator Ratios, 2001-02 and 2004-05

2001-02 2004-05
Dist # District Name Teachers (including PCA*) Admin Officers Teacher / Admin Ratio 2001-02 Teachers Admin Officers Teacher / Admin Ratio 2004-05 Change in Ratio from 2001-02 to 2004-05 % change Teachers 2001-02 to 2004-05 % change AOs
 2001-02 to 2004-05
5 Southeast Kootenay 364.1 35.2 10.4 311.2 28.0 11.1 0.8 -0.1 -0.2
6 Rocky Mountain 239.1 32.0 7.5 189.1 26.4 7.2 -0.3 -0.2 -0.2
8 Kootenay Lake 340.0 37.2 9.1 305.1 34.1 9.0 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1
10 Arrow Lakes 50.7 5.0 10.1 40.5 5.0 8.1 -2.0 -0.2 0.0
19 Revelstoke 83.7 6.0 13.9 76.5 7.0 10.9 -3.0 -0.1 0.2
20 Kootenay-Columbia 290.3 28.0 10.4 245.4 19.0 12.9 2.6 -0.2 -0.3
22 Vernon 490.6 42.6 11.5 470.8 43.8 10.7 -0.8 0.0 0.0
23 Central Okanagan 1,160.2 79.6 14.6 1,104.4 72.0 15.3 0.8 0.0 -0.1
27 Cariboo-Chilcotin 419.1 48.5 8.6 347.3 42.9 8.1 -0.6 -0.2 -0.1
28 Quesnel 255.5 26.0 9.8 230.5 24.0 9.6 -0.2 -0.1 -0.1
33 Chilliwack 629.9 51.7 12.2 597.2 52.6 11.4 -0.8 -0.1 0.0
34 Abbotsford 1,044.1 79.9 13.1 996.6 79.0 12.6 -0.5 0.0 0.0
35 Langley 1,099.0 95.1 11.6 977.6 91.1 10.7 -0.8 -0.1 0.0
36 Surrey 3,496.1 213.3 16.4 3,441.9 215.0 16.0 -0.4 0.0 0.0
37 Delta 907.7 60.0 15.1 892.7 60.0 14.9 -0.3 0.0 0.0
38 Richmond 1,344.3 106.2 12.7 1,211.5 108.3 11.2 -1.5 -0.1 0.0
39 Vancouver 3,479.1 183.0 19.0 3,210.1 176.0 18.2 -0.8 -0.1 0.0
40 New Westminster 341.4 27.4 12.4 361.6 24.0 15.1 2.6 0.1 -0.1
41 Burnaby 1,371.1 75.6 18.1 1,293.9 73.7 17.6 -0.6 -0.1 0.0
42 Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows 863.6 62.2 13.9 847.2 60.8 13.9 0.0 0.0 0.0
43 Coquitlam 1,838.1 113.0 16.3 1,732.4 110.0 15.7 -0.5 -0.1 0.0
44 North Vancouver 1,002.8 92.6 10.8 891.8 89.0 10.0 -0.8 -0.1 0.0
45 West Vancouver 355.4 35.0 10.2 348.9 37.8 9.2 -0.9 0.0 0.1
46 Sunshine Coast 231.5 17.0 13.6 208.9 17.9 11.7 -1.9 -0.1 0.1
47 Powell River 160.5 16.0 10.0 139.1 15.0 9.3 -0.8 -0.1 -0.1
48 Howe Sound 253.7 21.0 12.1 222.7 22.0 10.1 -2.0 -0.1 0.0
49 Central Coast 31.5 3.0 10.5 24.2 3.0 8.1 -2.4 -0.2 0.0
50 Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte 62.6 9.2 6.8 50.9 8.0 6.4 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1
51 Boundary 111.2 10.0 11.1 96.0 12.0 8.0 -3.1 -0.1 0.2
52 Prince Rupert 210.0 18.2 11.6 181.7 17.0 10.7 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1
53 Okanagan Similkameen 172.4 19.0 9.1 148.8 18.0 8.3 -0.8 -0.1 -0.1
54 Bulkley Valley 162.9 17.0 9.6 146.7 14.0 10.5 0.9 -0.1 -0.2
57 Prince George 1,008.8 95.0 10.6 809.9 76.0 10.7 0.0 -0.2 -0.2
58 Nicola-Similkameen 173.5 17.0 10.2 155.8 15.0 10.4 0.2 -0.1 -0.1
59 Peace River South 242.8 31.0 7.8 234.7 32.8 7.2 -0.7 0.0 0.1
60 Peace River North 308.3 29.8 10.3 298.9 29.6 10.1 -0.2 0.0 0.0
61 Greater Victoria 1,144.1 115.2 9.9 1,029.4 103.1 10.0 0.1 -0.1 -0.1
62 Sooke 460.5 49.0 9.4 440.6 47.0 9.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
63 Saanich 465.3 37.8 12.3 421.0 35.0 12.0 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1
64 Gulf Islands 98.4 14.6 6.7 87.6 14.6 6.0 -0.7 -0.1 0.0
67 Okanagan Skaha 400.8 38.5 10.4 365.6 36.0 10.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1
68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith 896.6 68.6 13.1 775.8 66.7 11.6 -1.4 -0.1 0.0
69 Qualicum 277.2 25.6 10.8 265.3 25.0 10.6 -0.2 0.0 0.0
70 Alberni 272.4 38.0 7.2 251.9 30.0 8.4 1.2 -0.1 -0.2
71 Comox Valley 515.3 50.4 10.2 480.2 50.0 9.6 -0.6 -0.1 0.0
72 Campbell River 380.7 37.6 10.1 323.7 30.8 10.5 0.4 -0.1 -0.2
73 Kamloops/Thompson 903.4 71.0 12.7 795.4 65.0 12.2 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1
74 Gold Trail 144.4 18.0 8.0 105.4 13.5 7.8 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3
75 Mission 397.6 33.9 11.7 365.9 39.5 9.3 -2.5 -0.1 0.2
78 Fraser-Cascade 140.2 16.0 8.8 126.4 14.0 9.0 0.3 -0.1 -0.1
79 Cowichan Valley 559.8 49.9 11.2 490.6 47.9 10.2 -1.0 -0.1 0.0
81 Fort Nelson 73.2 7.0 10.4 64.9 7.0 9.3 -1.1 -0.1 0.0
82 Coast Mountains 393.7 37.0 10.6 345.9 30.0 11.5 0.9 -0.1 -0.2
83 North Okanagan-Shuswap 442.3 42.0 10.5 392.4 38.5 10.2 -0.3 -0.1 -0.1
84 Vancouver Island West 51.2 5.0 10.2 39.3 5.0 7.9 -2.4 -0.2 0.0
85 Vancouver Island North 143.8 21.0 6.8 99.3 15.0 6.6 -0.2 -0.3 -0.3
87 Stikine 26.0 4.0 6.5 25.0 5.0 5.0 -1.5 0.0 0.3
91 Nechako Lakes 263.5 24.2 10.9 271.8 28.6 9.5 -1.4 0.0 0.2
92 Nisga'a 46.0 5.0 9.2 42.0 8.0 5.3 -4.0 -0.1 0.6
93 Conseil scolaire francophone 183.7 21.0 8.7 217.9 29.0 7.5 -1.2 0.2 0.4
Total 33,275.4 2,668.4 12.5 30,666.0 2,543.8 12.1 -0.4 -0.1 0.0
* Provincial Collective Agreement
Source: Form 1530 Staffing data supplied by the Ministry of Education, 2001-02 and 2004-05.

Eleven districts have seen an increase in the teacher-to-administrator ratio (see Table 2), ranging from a modest 0.1 in Greater Victoria (District # 61), to 2.6 in New Westminster (District #40), and 2.6 in Kootenay-Columbia (District #20). In Greater Victoria, the ratio reflects a proportionate percentage decline in both teachers and administrators. In New Westminster the number of teachers increased while FTE administrators decreased; whereas in Kootenay-Columbia there was a disproportionate decline in administrators (32%) compared to teachers (15.4%).

Table 2: Increased teacher/administrator ratio, 2001–02 to 2004–05

District# District Change in Ratio from 2001–02 to 2004–05
061 Greater Victoria 0.1
058 Nicola-Similkameen 0.2
078 Fraser-Cascade 0.3
072 Campbell River 0.4
023 Central Okanagan 0.8
005 Southeast Kootenay 0.8
082 Coast Mountains 0.9
054 Bulkley Valley 0.9
070 Alberni 1.2
020 Kootenay-Columbia 2.6
040 New Westminster 2.6

When examined in the context of student enrolment changes, there is no clear pattern between increases and decreases in the number of students and the teacher/administrator ratios. Overall, there is an increase in the number of teachers per administrator in most districts. In some districts, the increase reflects a decrease in the number of teachers and an increase in administrators, while in others it reflects a disproportionate decline in both.

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