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Projections of Education Statistics to 2018

NCES 2009-062
September 2009

Section 5. Elementary and Secondary Teachers: New Teacher Hires

Between 2006 and 2018, increases are expected in the numbers of new public school teacher hires and new private school teacher hires.

New teacher hires in public schools

The number of new teacher hires in public schools (reference table 32)

  • was estimated at 284,000 in 2006; and
  • is projected to increase 26 percent to 357,000 in 2018.

New teacher hires in private schools

The number of new teacher hires in private schools

  • was estimated at 82,000 in 2006; and
  • is projected to increase 7 percent to 88,000 in 2018.


About new teacher hires
A teacher is considered to be a new teacher hire for a sector for a given year if the teacher teaches in that sector that year but had not taught in that sector in the previous year. A teacher who moves from teaching in one sector to the other sector is considered a new teacher hire, but a teacher who moves from one school to another school in the same sector is not considered a new teacher hire. It is important to note that these projections measure the total number of teacher hires, including those hired to replace teachers retiring or leaving the teaching profession permanently or temporarily. Hence, the new teacher hire projections should not be interpreted as predicting teacher shortages.

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