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Projections of Education Statistics to 2016
NCES 2008-060
December 2007

Section 5. Elementary and Secondary Teachers: Teachers in Elementary and Secondary Schools

Figure H. Actual and middle alternative projected numbers for elementary and secondary teachers: Selected years, 1991–2016

Figure H. Actual and middle alternative projected numbers for elementary and secondary teachers: Selected years, 1991–2016

SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Education, NCES, Common Core of Data surveys, various years; Private School Universe survey, various years; and Elementary and Secondary Teacher Model. (See reference table 32.)

Total elementary and secondary teachers

The total number of elementary and secondary teachers (figure H; reference figure 29 and table 32)

  • increased 26 percent between 1991 and 2004, a period of 13 years; and
  • is projected to increase an additional 18 percent between 2004 and 2016, a period of 12 years, in the middle alternative projections.

Figure I. Actual and middle alternative projected numbers for elementary and secondary teachers, by control of school: Selected years, 1991–2016

Figure I. Actual and middle alternative projected numbers for elementary and secondary teachers, by control of school: Selected years, 1991–2016

SOURCE: U.S. Dept. of Education, NCES, Common Core of Data surveys, various years; Private School Universe Survey, various years; and Elementary and Secondary Teacher Model. (See reference table 32.)

Public school teachers

The number of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools (figure I; reference figure 29 and table 32)

  • increased 27 percent between 1991 and 2004; and
  • is projected to increase an additional 18 percent between 2004 and 2016 in the middle alternative projections.

Private school teachers

The number of teachers in private elementary and secondary schools

  • increased 23 percent between 1991 and 2004; and
  • is projected to increase an additional 20 percent between 2004 and 2016 in the middle alternative projections.

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