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Table 2.  Percentage distribution of 2007–08 beginning public school teachers, by teacher status and selected 2007–08 teacher and school characteristics: 2008–09 and 2009–10
 
Selected teacher or school characteristic in 2007–08 Total 2008–09 teacher status1 Total 2009–10 teacher status
Current Former Current Former
Age
Less than 30 years 100.0 91.3 8.7 100.0 90.0 10.0
30 or more years 100.0 87.1 12.9 100.0 81.0 19.0
Sex
Male 100.0 87.9 12.1 100.0 86.4 13.6
Female 100.0 90.8 9.2 100.0 87.9 12.1
Race/ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic 100.0 90.0 10.0 100.0 87.8 12.2
All other races/ethnicities2 100.0 90.3 9.7 100.0 86.6 13.4!
Base salary
Less than $40,000 100.0 87.5 12.5 100.0 87.0 13.0
$40,000 or more 100.0 96.6 3.4! 100.0 89.0 11.0!
Teaching status
Full time 100.0 91.3 8.7 100.0 88.1 11.9
Part time 100.0 75.5 24.5 100.0 80.6 19.4!
Highest degree earned
Less than Bachelor's degree 100.0 67.6 32.4 100.0 78.6 21.4!
Bachelor's degree 100.0 91.4 8.6 100.0 88.4 11.6
Master's degree 100.0 89.1 10.9 100.0 88.2 11.8
Higher than a Master's degree3 100.0 52.2! 47.8! 100.0 48.8 51.2!
Assigned a mentor in 2007–084
Yes 100.0 91.6 8.4 100.0 90.2 9.8
No 100.0 83.7 16.3 100.0 77.5 22.5
Entered teaching through an alternative certification program5
Yes 100.0 90.1 9.9 100.0 87.8 12.2
No 100.0 90.1 9.9 100.0 87.4 12.6
Certification type6
Regular teaching certificate 100.0 90.9 9.1 100.0 87.7 12.3
Other certificate 100.0 88.4 11.6 100.0 87.2 12.8
Class organization
Departmentalized instruction 100.0 90.3 9.7 100.0 87.3 12.7
Elementary subject specialist  100.0 87.4 12.6! 100.0 85.8 14.2!
Self-contained class  100.0 89.7 10.3 100.0 87.9 12.1
Team teaching  100.0 92.6 100.0 92.8
"Pull-out" class or "push-in" instruction  100.0 90.4 9.6! 100.0 85.3 14.7!
School level 
Elementary  100.0 90.4 9.6 100.0 89.5 10.5
Secondary  100.0 89.8 10.2 100.0 85.8 14.2
Combined  100.0 88.3 11.7! 100.0 78.4 21.6
Community type 
City/suburban  100.0 91.5 8.5 100.0 88.9 11.1
Town/rural  100.0 88.1 11.9 100.0 85.7 14.3
Percent of K–12 students who were approved for free or reduced-price lunches
Less than 50 percent 100.0 90.4 9.6 100.0 89.4 10.6
50 percent or more  100.0 90.3 9.7 100.0 85.9 14.1
School did not participate in free or reduced-price lunch program 100.0 78.1 21.9! 100.0 72.6 27.4!
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 These estimates include those who provided 2008–09 data during the 2009–10 data collection.
2 All other races/ethnicities includes Black, not Hispanic or Latino; Hispanic or Latino, of any race; American Indian or Alaska Native, not Hispanic or Latino; Asian, not Hispanic or Latino; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, not Hispanic or Latino; and two or more races, not Hispanic or Latino.
3 Higher than a master's degree is defined as teachers who completed any of the following: an educational specialist or professional diploma, a certificate of advanced graduate studies, or a doctorate or first professional degree.
4 Data for this item were collected in 2008–09 and do not include 2008–09 nonrespondents. Data are not available for 0.7 percent of 2009–10 respondents because they did not respond in 2008–09.
5 An alternative program is a program that was designed to expedite the transition of non-teachers to a teaching career, for example, a state, district, or university alternative certification program.
6 Regular teaching certificate includes teachers with a regular or standard state certificate or advanced professional certificate, as well as teachers holding a certificate issued after satisfying all requirements except the completion of a probationary period, regardless of other certifications held. Other certificate includes teachers who did not hold a regular certificate in the state, including those with a certificate that requires some additional coursework, student teaching, or passage of a test before regular certification can be obtained and teachers with a certificate issued to persons who must complete a certification program in order to continue teaching.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study (BTLS), "First Through Third Wave Preliminary Data File," 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10.


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