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Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States:
NCES 2009-320
June 2009


Table 8.    Average number of public school teachers and average number of public school teachers who were dismissed in the previous year or did not have their contracts renewed based on poor performance, by tenure status of teachers and selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
Selected public school district characteristic Average number of teachers Average number of teachers in public school districts who were dismissed or did not have their contracts renewed Average number of teachers in public schools who were dismissed or did not have their contracts renewed, by tenure status
  Teachers without tenure1   Teachers with tenure2  
All public school districts  211.4 4.4   1.4   3.0  
               
District size               
1 school  25.4 0.8   0.4   0.5  
2-3 schools  68.7 1.9   0.4   1.5  
4-5 schools  133.1 3.1   0.8   2.3  
6-9 schools  243.3 7.1   1.9   5.3  
10-19 schools  470.1 11.9   2.8   9.0  
20 or more schools  2,061.0 27.5   13.1   14.4  
               
Community type               
City  463.4 7.9   3.1   4.8  
Suburban  378.3 7.5   2.8   4.7  
Town  152.7 3.9   0.7   3.2  
Rural  87.8 2.2   0.6   1.6  
               
District K-12 enrollment               
Less than 250  14.1 0.8   0.3   0.6  
250-999  44.8 1.3   0.4   0.9  
1,000-1,999  107.1 3.1   0.7   2.3  
2,000-4,999  231.0 6.1   1.5   4.6  
5,000-9,999  477.8 9.1   3.2   5.9  
10,000 or more  1,939.2 30.1   12.2   17.9  
               
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches 
0-34  224.5 4.9   1.2   3.6  
35-49  260.2 3.7   1.3   2.4  
50-74  229.4 4.7   1.6   3.1  
75 or more  170.4 6.1   2.7   3.4  
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program 
38.4 1.0   0.4   0.6 !
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Teachers who are often relatively inexperienced or novices. This includes teachers in their initial induction year, teachers who are on year-to-year contracts, and those teachers who havenot entered a more permanent status, traditionally referred to as tenure.
2 Teachers who have satisfactorily completed a probationary period and were given a contract as a career or permanent employee.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.


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