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Table C.1.a.-1 Number and percentage distribution of public elementary and secondary school teachers, by locale and selected characteristics: 2007–08
  Total   City   Suburban   Town   Rural
Selected characteristics Estimate Standard error   Estimate   Standard error   Estimate   Standard error   Estimate   Standard error   Estimate   Standard error
Total, number 3,409,000 (44,000)   883,000   (30,200)   1,201,000   (40,400)   468,000   (26,300)   858,000   (39,200)
Percentage distribution 100.0 (†)   25.9   (0.80)   35.2   (1.08)   13.7   (0.75)   25.2   (1.13)
                                     
Sex 100.0 (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)
Male 24.1 (0.46)   24.6   (0.92)   23.4   (0.84)   24.4   (1.12)   24.5   (0.88)
Female 75.9 (0.46)   75.4   (0.92)   76.6   (0.84)   75.6   (1.12)   75.5   (0.88)
                                     
Race/ethnicity 100.0 (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.2   (†)
White 83.1 (0.53)   71.0   (1.60)   84.6   (1.18)   88.9   (1.09)   90.1   (0.97)
Black 7.0 (0.45)   12.0   (0.87)   6.3   (0.74)   4.1   (0.57)   4.5   (0.56)
Hispanic 7.1 (0.46)   13.1   (1.59)   6.2   (0.79)   4.7   (1.09)   3.3   (0.67)
Asian 1.2 (0.21)   2.2   (0.45)   1.4   (0.33)   0.5 ! (0.22)   0.4   (0.11)
Native Hawaiian/Other
   Pacific Islander
0.2 (0.04)   0.3 ! (0.09)   0.2 ! (0.07)   0.2 ! (0.08)   0.2   (0.02)
American Indian/Alaska
   Native
0.5 (0.06)   0.4   (0.12)   0.2 ! (0.09)   0.9   (0.17)   0.9   (0.10)
Two or more races 0.9 (0.09)   1.1   (0.18)   1.1   (0.20)   0.6   (0.13)   0.7   (0.12)
                                     
Age 100.0 (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)
Less than 30 18.0 (0.61)   17.0   (0.73)   18.6   (0.90)   16.1   (1.18)   19.0   (1.03)
30 to 39 26.4 (0.39)   25.5   (0.90)   28.9   (0.74)   24.5   (1.04)   24.7   (0.75)
40 to 49 23.7 (0.46)   23.3   (0.96)   22.0   (0.83)   27.4   (1.43)   24.5   (0.73)
50 to 59 25.8 (0.51)   26.5   (0.93)   25.1   (0.84)   26.0   (1.45)   26.1   (0.91)
60 or more 6.1 (0.29)   7.6   (0.60)   5.3   (0.41)   6.0   (0.66)   5.6   (0.58)
                                     
Highest degree earned 100.0 (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)
No degree 0.6 (0.06)   0.7   (0.15)   0.5   (0.07)   0.6   (0.13)   0.7   (0.10)
Associate's 0.2 (0.02)   0.1 ! (0.05)   0.2   (0.04)   0.3   (0.08)   0.2   (0.04)
Bachelor's 47.4 (0.59)   46.0   (1.34)   42.6   (1.15)   51.8   (1.40)   53.0   (1.26)
Master's 44.5 (0.55)   45.5   (1.27)   48.2   (1.08)   41.2   (1.31)   40.3   (1.13)
Education specialist1 6.4 (0.25)   6.4   (0.51)   7.5   (0.50)   5.5   (0.59)   5.3   (0.41)
Doctor's 0.9 (0.08)   1.3   (0.17)   1.0   (0.15)   0.5   (0.15)   0.6   (0.13)
                                     
Level 100.0 (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)
Elementary 50.7 (0.91)   50.7   (1.91)   50.1   (1.82)   51.2   (2.56)   51.2   (1.62)
Secondary 49.3 (0.91)   49.3   (1.91)   49.9   (1.82)   48.8   (2.56)   48.8   (1.62)
                                     
Main teaching assignment                                    
Elementary 100.0 (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)
General 63.8 (0.75)   66.5   (1.47)   62.2   (1.30)   63.5   (1.76)   63.4   (1.46)
English 6.0 (0.55)   5.3   (1.46)   5.4   (0.61)   8.4   (1.54)   6.3   (0.99)
English as a second
   language
1.4 (0.19)   1.8   (0.44)   1.8   (0.31)   0.5   (0.14)   0.9   (0.26)
Mathematics 1.6 (0.21)   1.6   (0.44)   1.5   (0.36)   1.6 ! (0.65)   1.8   (0.42)
Special education 13.3 (0.70)   13.5   (1.19)   14.5   (1.07)   12.0   (1.23)   12.2   (1.08)
Other elementary 13.9 (0.53)   11.2   (0.86)   14.7   (0.98)   14.0   (1.31)   15.4   (1.05)
                                     
Secondary 100.0 (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)   100.0   (†)
English 18.2 (0.43)   19.7   (1.20)   18.4   (0.68)   18.2   (1.12)   16.5   (0.72)
English as a second
   language
1.2 (0.15)   2.2   (0.43)   1.0   (0.19)   0.5   (0.12)   0.9 ! (0.29)
Foreign language 4.6 (0.27)   4.3   (0.44)   5.9   (0.53)   3.7   (0.39)   3.6   (0.38)
Mathematics 15.0 (0.39)   15.7   (0.90)   15.3   (0.76)   14.2   (0.78)   14.4   (0.73)
Science 11.6 (0.44)   11.4   (0.79)   11.6   (0.68)   12.4   (0.83)   11.6   (0.66)
Social sciences 12.5 (0.45)   12.9   (0.84)   13.0   (0.58)   12.2   (0.73)   11.4   (0.93)
Special education 9.8 (0.54)   9.4   (0.93)   10.8   (0.74)   9.2   (0.62)   9.4   (0.64)
Vocational/technical 9.8 (0.33)   7.7   (0.70)   8.2   (0.55)   11.8   (0.71)   13.1   (0.68)
Other secondary 17.2 (0.44)   16.7   (0.86)   15.9   (0.62)   17.8   (0.99)   19.0   (0.75)
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Includes certificate of advanced graduate studies.
NOTE: Includes part-time and full-time teachers. Also includes teachers in schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/definitions.asp. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Public School Teacher and BIE School Teacher Data Files," 2007–08.
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