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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table 3.7.

Number and percentage distribution of public elementary and secondary school teachers, by locale and selected characteristics: 200304


Selected characteristic Total City Suburban Town Rural
Total 3,240,000 914,000 1,120,000 472,000 739,000
Percentage distribution 100.0 28.2 34.5 14.6 22.8
       
Sex 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Male 25.1 24.3 25.0 26.6 25.2
Female 74.9 75.7 75.0 73.4 74.8
       
Race/ethnicity 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 83.1 70.9 85.2 87.8 91.9
Black 7.9 15.0 6.0 4.8 4.1
Hispanic 6.2 10.1 6.4 5.1 1.9
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.5 2.5 1.5 1.0 0.6
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.6 0.5 0.3! 0.8 1.0
More than one race 0.7 1.1 0.7 0.5 0.5
       
Age 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Less than 30 16.6 17.0 17.5 14.2 16.2
30 to 39 24.5 25.0 25.0 22.7 24.3
40 to 49 25.9 24.4 24.3 28.5 28.3
50 to 59 29.0 29.1 29.1 31.1 27.5
60 or more 4.0 4.5 4.1 3.4 3.8
       
Highest degree earned 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
No degree 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.8 1.0
Associate's 0.3 0.4! 0.2! 0.2! 0.3
Bachelor's 50.8 49.4 47.3 54.4 55.5
Master's 40.9 40.6 44.2 38.8 37.5
Education specialist1 6.0 7.0 6.3 5.0 5.0
Doctor's 1.2 1.7 1.2 0.8! 0.7
       
Level 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Elementary 52.6 55.3 53.6 51.5 48.7
Secondary 47.4 44.7 46.4 48.5 51.3
       
Subject2      
Elementary 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
General 66.0 66.3 66.2 65.0 65.6
English 4.1 3.4 3.8 4.6 5.3
English as a second language 1.5 2.4! 1.6 1.0! 0.3!
Mathematics 1.1 0.8! 0.5! 1.5! 2.2!
Special education 13.7 15.2 13.4 13.5 12.4
Other elementary 13.6 11.9 14.5 14.3 14.3
       
Secondary 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
English 17.6 18.0 17.4 17.1 17.5
English as a second language 1.2 2.3! 1.2 0.7! 0.3!
Foreign language 4.8 4.9 5.8 4.0 3.7
Mathematics 13.9 13.8 14.2 13.8 13.5
Science 12.3 13.2 12.8 11.1 11.5
Social sciences 11.6 11.5 11.6 11.8 11.8
Special education 11.3 11.2 12.0 11.6 10.4
Vocational/technical 11.0 9.6 9.6 12.1 13.9
Other secondary 16.3 15.5 15.4 17.8 17.4
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Includes certificate of advanced graduate studies.
2 Main teaching assignment.
NOTE: Includes part-time and full-time teachers. Race/ethnicity categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin unless otherwise specified. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Teacher Questionnaire," 200304.
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