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Table C.1.c.-1 Percentage of public elementary and secondary schools with a teaching vacancy in selected teaching fields, by the school's reported level of difficulty in filling the vacancy, teaching field, and locale: 2007–08
Teaching field and school locale Percent of schools with vacancies   Percentage distribution of schools with vacancies by level of difficulty in filling vacancies
Total   Easy   Somewhat difficult   Very difficult or could not fill the vacancy
Total   Very difficult   Could not fill the vacancy
Percent   Standard
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General elementary                                                    
Total 28.4   (1.10)   100 (†)   74.3   (1.83)   22.1   (1.77)   3.6   (0.71)   3.4   (0.72)     (†)
City 32.0   (2.26)   100 (†)   71.9   (3.82)   23.0   (3.61)   5.1   (1.50)   4.9 ! (1.52)     (†)
Suburban 33.9   (2.09)   100 (†)   81.0   (2.71)   16.3   (2.41)     (†)     (†)     (†)
Town 26.1   (2.20)   100 (†)   73.6   (5.56)   24.5   (5.62)   1.8 ! (0.86)   1.8 ! (0.86)     (†)
Rural 22.0   (1.87)   100 (†)   68.2   (3.74)   27.7   (3.86)   4.2 ! (1.28)   3.9 ! (1.27)     (†)
                                                     
Special education                                                    
Total 29.4   (0.97)   100 (†)   33.1   (1.61)   37.7   (1.46)   29.2   (1.41)   25.8   (1.63)   3.4   (0.58)
City 32.6   (2.13)   100 (†)   34.7   (3.57)   34.2   (3.44)   31.1   (3.33)   27.3   (3.21)   3.8 ! (1.23)
Suburban 36.6   (2.12)   100 (†)   33.8   (3.16)   40.0   (2.78)   26.2   (2.83)   23.3   (2.73)   2.8   (0.78)
Town 25.7   (2.28)   100 (†)   33.1   (4.59)   37.3   (4.43)   29.6   (3.79)   26.8   (3.75)   2.8 ! (0.95)
Rural 22.7   (1.51)   100 (†)   30.5   (3.36)   38.2   (2.99)   31.3   (3.41)   27.2   (3.28)   4.2 ! (1.47)
                                                     
English/language arts                                                    
Total 20.8   (0.79)   100 (†)   59.7   (1.92)   31.4   (1.82)   8.8   (1.07)   7.2   (1.08)   1.6 ! (0.72)
City 21.6   (1.82)   100 (†)   62.1   (4.18)   29.8   (3.74)   8.1   (2.36)   5.0   (1.34)     (†)
Suburban 24.1   (1.76)   100 (†)   64.8   (3.46)   26.8   (3.31)   8.4 ! (2.63)   7.6 ! (2.64)     (†)
Town 17.8   (1.82)   100 (†)   63.4   (5.25)   28.2   (5.03)   8.4   (2.37)   8.1   (2.38)     (†)
Rural 18.7   (1.12)   100 (†)   50.4   (3.65)   39.6   (3.29)   10.0   (1.79)   8.2   (1.44)     (†)
                                                     
Social studies                                                    
Total 15.8   (0.64)   100 (†)   71.4   (2.63)   24.9   (2.54)   3.7 ! (1.50)   3.2 ! (1.10)     (†)
City 14.9   (1.22)   100 (†)   71.2   (5.61)   24.7   (5.32)   4.1 ! (1.89)     (†)     (†)
Suburban 18.8   (1.48)   100 (†)   74.8   (4.17)   20.8   (3.56)     (†)     (†)     (†)
Town 15.6   (2.02)   100 (†)   70.9   (7.31)   26.6   (7.16)     (†)     (†)     (†)
Rural 13.8   (1.09)   100 (†)   68.0   (4.76)   28.9   (4.89)   3.1   (0.93)   3.1   (0.93)     (†)
                                                     
Computer science                                                    
Total 7.1   (0.58)   100 (†)   43.5   (4.12)   37.0   (3.98)   19.5   (2.75)   15.5   (2.59)   4.0 ! (1.47)
City 8.0   (1.17)   100 (†)   42.1   (7.09)   36.5   (6.70)   21.4   (5.50)   14.9   (4.46)     (†)
Suburban 8.0   (1.37)   100 (†)   45.2   (8.74)   35.6   (7.79)   19.1 ! (6.12)   18.7 ! (6.15)     (†)
Town 4.7 ! (1.45)   100 (†)   44.6 ! (13.81)   43.2 ! (13.65)     (†)     (†)     (†)
Rural 6.7   (0.83)   100 (†)   42.5   (6.40)   36.8   (7.05)   20.7   (4.73)   14.7   (3.73)     (†)
                                                     
Mathematics                                                    
Total 19.8   (0.85)   100 (†)   34.8   (2.23)   34.3   (2.38)   30.9   (1.91)   28.4   (2.16)   2.5   (0.46)
City 22.0   (1.74)   100 (†)   34.5   (4.85)   32.6   (4.35)   32.8   (4.21)   29.4   (4.23)   3.5 ! (1.17)
Suburban 19.7   (1.53)   100 (†)   40.6   (4.10)   28.7   (3.58)   30.7   (4.02)   28.6   (4.11)   2.1 ! (1.03)
Town 19.9   (2.42)   100 (†)   36.6   (5.52)   37.9   (6.90)   25.5   (4.66)   22.7   (4.36)   2.8 ! (1.07)
Rural 18.4   (1.44)   100 (†)   28.8   (4.31)   39.0   (3.29)   32.2   (3.52)   30.4   (3.42)   1.8 ! (0.86)
                                                     
Biology or life sciences                                                    
Total 13.9   (0.69)   100 (†)   30.3   (2.30)   39.8   (2.42)   29.9   (2.20)   27.3   (2.40)   2.5 ! (0.93)
City 15.0   (1.44)   100 (†)   28.4   (4.54)   37.2   (4.94)   34.4   (4.52)   28.2   (4.14)     (†)
Suburban 15.8   (1.47)   100 (†)   34.1   (4.88)   37.2   (5.14)   28.6   (5.50)   27.3   (5.44)     (†)
Town 14.6   (2.02)   100 (†)   33.3   (5.38)   45.8   (6.07)   20.9   (4.64)   20.7   (4.63)     (†)
Rural 11.1   (1.02)   100 (†)   25.6   (3.22)   41.8   (4.84)   32.6   (4.78)   30.7   (4.89)   1.8 ! (0.79)
                                                     
Physical sciences                                                    
Total 11.1   (0.69)   100 (†)   28.3   (2.92)   40.3   (3.03)   31.4   (2.20)   29.0   (2.61)   2.5   (0.69)
City 11.4   (1.41)   100 (†)   28.3   (4.81)   39.0   (5.99)   32.6   (5.17)   29.5   (4.93)     (†)
Suburban 14.6   (1.63)   100 (†)   32.4   (5.29)   37.8   (5.20)   29.8   (4.72)   28.6   (4.89)     (†)
Town 9.2   (1.60)   100 (†)   21.7   (5.35)   50.1   (7.44)   28.3   (6.20)   25.6   (5.97)     (†)
Rural 8.7   (0.94)   100 (†)   25.7   (5.50)   40.1   (5.12)   34.2   (3.93)   30.6   (3.84)   3.5 ! (1.77)
                                                     
English as a second language                                                    
Total 10.5   (0.72)   100 (†)   32.9   (2.93)   40.4   (3.33)   26.6   (2.43)   23.5   (2.66)   3.1   (0.89)
City 14.7   (1.91)   100 (†)   36.4   (5.44)   47.3   (6.41)   16.3   (3.85)   13.9   (3.34)     (†)
Suburban 11.0   (1.38)   100 (†)   37.6   (6.18)   33.6   (5.57)   28.8   (6.19)   25.7   (6.17)     (†)
Town 12.5   (2.14)   100 (†)   25.6 ! (7.97)   43.0   (10.39)   31.4   (9.06)   29.5   (8.63)     (†)
Rural 6.1   (0.89)   100 (†)   26.7   (6.14)   36.8   (7.71)   36.6   (7.93)   30.9   (7.28)   5.7 ! (2.72)
                                                     
Foreign languages                                                    
Total 11.0   (0.57)   100 (†)   34.7   (2.96)   33.8   (2.23)   31.5   (2.42)   27.7   (2.44)   3.8   (0.82)
City 11.6   (1.10)   100 (†)   39.7   (5.85)   32.5   (4.49)   27.8   (4.58)   22.5   (4.29)   5.3 ! (2.47)
Suburban 13.3   (1.06)   100 (†)   38.4   (4.22)   36.4   (3.53)   25.2   (4.36)   23.7   (4.36)     (†)
Town 7.9   (0.95)   100 (†)   21.6   (4.93)   48.2   (6.37)   30.2   (5.07)   25.4   (4.72)     (†)
Rural 9.9   (0.86)   100 (†)   31.1   (5.83)   26.4   (4.00)   42.5   (5.40)   37.7   (5.08)   4.8 ! (1.65)
                                                     
Music or art                                                    
Total 16.4   (0.69)   100 (†)   50.2   (2.10)   36.0   (2.15)   13.8   (1.35)   10.9   (1.56)   2.9   (0.77)
City 18.0   (1.69)   100 (†)   47.9   (4.97)   37.5   (4.99)   14.6   (3.05)   10.2   (2.62)     (†)
Suburban 20.5   (1.76)   100 (†)   57.9   (4.58)   31.4   (4.55)   10.7   (2.86)   8.5 ! (2.77)   2.2 ! (1.02)
Town 12.8   (1.44)   100 (†)   43.2   (5.51)   45.0   (5.90)   11.7   (3.48)   10.4 ! (3.40)     (†)
Rural 13.3   (0.98)   100 (†)   45.3   (4.22)   36.5   (4.55)   18.2   (2.51)   15.1   (2.28)   3.1 ! (1.20)
                                                     
Vocational or technical education                                                    
Total 7.6   (0.45)   100 (†)   34.2   (2.88)   37.4   (2.74)   28.4   (2.38)   24.0   (2.61)   4.4   (1.22)
City 7.0   (0.89)   100 (†)   31.8   (5.72)   44.6   (5.48)   23.6   (4.46)   17.7   (3.79)   6.0 ! (2.66)
Suburban 7.2   (0.90)   100 (†)   36.8   (6.79)   35.8   (5.65)   27.4   (6.89)   23.7 ! (7.10)     (†)
Town 8.3   (0.92)   100 (†)   26.5   (5.15)   41.4   (6.63)   32.1   (6.43)   30.1   (6.37)     (†)
Rural 8.1   (0.85)   100 (†)   37.6   (4.14)   32.1   (4.20)   30.3   (4.56)   25.2   (4.05)     (†)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution (estimates are unstable).
‡Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/page2.asp. Percentage distribution may not sum to 100 because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Public School Questionnaire" 2007-08.
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