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

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Table 3.8.

Average number of years of teaching experience for public school teachers and percentage distribution of such teachers, by years of teaching experience, locale, and grade level taught: 200304


Locale and grade level taught Average number
of years of
teaching experience
Percentage distribution by years of teaching experience
Total Less than 3 3 to 9 10 to 20 Over 20
Total 14.2 100.0 10.4 32.0 29.1 28.4
City 13.6 100.0 11.6 33.8 27.9 26.8
Suburban 14.1 100.0 10.2 33.3 29.3 27.2
Town 15.1 100.0 9.1 28.4 29.9 32.6
Rural 14.5 100.0 10.2 30.2 29.9 29.7
Fringe 14.0 100.0 11.2 32.3 28.2 28.3
Distant 14.7 100.0 9.4 30.2 30.3 30.2
Remote 15.3 100.0 9.6 26.5 32.5 31.3
        
Elementary 13.9 100.0 10.4 33.0 29.4 27.2
City 12.9 100.0 12.1 36.7 26.3 24.8
Suburban 13.7 100.0 10.4 33.6 30.8 25.2
Town 15.1 100.0 8.9! 27.4 31.3 32.5
Rural 14.8 100.0 8.9 30.7 30.2 30.2
        
Middle 14.3 100.0 10.2 31.0 30.3 28.4
City 13.8 100.0 11.2 31.4 31.5 25.9
Suburban 14.3 100.0 9.6 32.5 29.7 28.3
Town 15.3 100.0 9.2 27.8 29.7 33.4
Rural 14.4 100.0 10.7 30.5 30.3 28.5
        
High school 14.5 100.0 10.7 31.7 27.7 29.9
City 14.6 100.0 11.3 31.8 26.6 30.4
Suburban 14.3 100.0 10.4 33.9 26.8 28.9
Town 14.9 100.0 9.5 30.5 28.7 31.4
Rural 14.4 100.0 11.2 29.8 29.2 29.9
! Interpret data with caution.
NOTE: Total includes combined level schools not separately shown. Years of teaching experience counts 1 year of part-time teaching the same as 1 year of full-time teaching. Rural areas are located outside any urbanized area or urban cluster. Urbanized areas are densely settled areas containing at least 50,000 people. Urban clusters are densely settled areas with a population of 2,500 to 49,999. Fringe rural areas are 5 miles or less from an urbanized area or 2.5 miles or less from an urban cluster. Distant rural areas are more than 5 miles but less than or equal to 25 miles from an urbanized area, or more than 2.5 miles but less than or equal to 10 miles from an urban cluster. Remote rural areas are more than 25 miles from an urbanized area and more than 10 miles from an urban cluster. For more details on Census-defined areas, see http://www.census.gov/geo/www/ua/ua_2k.html. 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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