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Table C.1.c.-1 Percentage distribution 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: 2011-12

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
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General elementary                                                
Total 33.2 (0.75)   100 (†)   83.0 (1.25)   15.5   (1.19)   1.5   (0.35)   1.4   (0.34)   0.1 ! (0.06)
City 36.6 (1.76)   100 (†)   73.7 (3.03)   23.9   (3.00)   2.4 ! (0.95)   2.4 ! (0.95)     (†)
Suburban 34.1 (1.58)   100 (†)   86.8 (2.26)   12.5   (2.18)     (†)   0.7 ! (0.35)     (†)
Town 32.9 (2.02)   100 (†)   82.6 (3.13)   16.0   (3.07)   1.5 ! (0.62)   1.5 ! (0.62)     (†)
Rural 30.1 (1.09)   100 (†)   88.4 (1.40)   10.0   (1.26)   1.5   (0.44)   1.2 ! (0.37)     (†)
                                                 
Special education                                                
Total 31.4 (0.68)   100 (†)   46.1 (1.26)   36.8   (1.19)   17.1   (1.41)   15.4   (0.85)   1.7   (0.29)
City 33.8 (1.76)   100 (†)   40.6 (3.01)   41.0   (2.87)   18.4   (2.25)   16.3   (2.09)   2.0 ! (0.73)
Suburban 33.2 (1.17)   100 (†)   51.9 (2.43)   36.3   (2.18)   11.9   (1.20)   11.2   (1.22)   0.6 ! (0.31)
Town 30.9 (1.74)   100 (†)   46.7 (2.66)   33.3   (2.57)   20.0   (2.24)   17.4   (2.12)   2.6 ! (1.08)
Rural 28.3 (0.94)   100 (†)   45.5 (1.72)   35.0   (1.64)   19.5   (1.52)   17.4   (1.47)   2.0   (0.48)
                                                 
English/language arts                                                
Total 21.1 (0.50)   100 (†)   69.7 (1.16)   24.5   (1.06)   5.8   (1.07)   5.2   (0.54)   0.6 ! (0.24)
City 22.4 (1.14)   100 (†)   68.9 (2.70)   25.4   (2.47)   5.8   (1.38)   4.8   (1.11)     (†)
Suburban 21.5 (0.92)   100 (†)   72.9 (2.09)   22.9   (1.89)   4.2   (1.12)   4.0   (1.12)     (†)
Town 19.7 (1.29)   100 (†)   69.4 (2.60)   24.5   (2.49)   6.1   (1.39)   5.6   (1.45)     (†)
Rural 20.5 (0.78)   100 (†)   67.8 (2.03)   25.0   (1.87)   7.2   (0.95)   6.6   (0.92)   0.6 ! (0.22)
                                                 
Social studies                                                
Total 15.5 (0.48)   100 (†)   77.5 (1.52)   19.0   (1.47)   3.5 ! (1.50)   3.0   (0.61)   0.5 ! (0.23)
City 18.6 (1.29)   100 (†)   70.3 (3.14)   24.5   (3.11)   5.2   (1.55)   4.0 ! (1.47)   1.2 ! (0.57)
Suburban 14.1 (0.77)   100 (†)   80.6 (2.78)   17.1   (2.46)   2.3 ! (1.01)   2.3 ! (1.01)     (†)
Town 12.6 (1.05)   100 (†)   78.7 (3.79)   19.7   (3.62)   1.6 ! (0.76)   1.6 ! (0.76)     (†)
Rural 15.4 (0.74)   100 (†)   81.6 (1.85)   14.9   (1.69)   3.5   (0.88)   3.0   (0.80)     (†)
                                                 
Computer science                                                
Total 6.1 (0.33)   100 (†)   59.0 (2.54)   26.0   (2.28)   15.0   (2.75)   13.7   (2.01)   1.3 ! (0.62)
City 7.8 (0.74)   100 (†)   56.5 (5.47)   20.9   (3.89)   22.6   (5.14)   21.2   (5.27)     (†)
Suburban 5.2 (0.66)   100 (†)   66.5 (5.83)   27.8   (5.46)   5.7 ! (1.92)   5.5 ! (1.90)     (†)
Town 6.0 (0.78)   100 (†)   59.3 (6.00)   27.5   (4.87)   13.2 ! (4.63)   10.6 ! (4.55)     (†)
Rural 5.4 (0.46)   100 (†)   55.9 (4.46)   29.7   (4.50)   14.5   (2.80)   12.8   (2.72)     (†)
                                                 
Mathematics                                                
Total 20.1 (0.53)   100 (†)   47.8 (1.43)   33.1   (1.45)   19.1   (1.91)   18.0   (0.98)   1.1   (0.22)
City 23.1 (1.31)   100 (†)   42.0 (3.36)   37.2   (3.14)   20.8   (2.17)   19.3   (2.06)   1.6 ! (0.58)
Suburban 18.6 (0.93)   100 (†)   51.0 (2.81)   35.1   (2.66)   13.9   (1.90)   13.3   (1.93)     (†)
Town 20.2 (1.33)   100 (†)   50.9 (3.59)   28.7   (3.42)   20.4   (2.74)   18.3   (2.72)   2.1 ! (0.81)
Rural 19.0 (0.73)   100 (†)   49.4 (2.46)   29.7   (1.86)   21.0   (1.84)   20.3   (1.81)   0.7 ! (0.20)
                                                 
Biology or life sciences                                                
Total 13.3 (0.58)   100 (†)   43.9 (2.05)   37.3   (2.27)   18.8   (2.20)   16.9   (1.43)   1.9   (0.50)
City 16.1 (1.50)   100 (†)   36.8 (4.43)   42.7   (4.93)   20.5   (2.90)   17.4   (2.72)   3.1 ! (1.26)
Suburban 13.2 (0.91)   100 (†)   49.9 (2.91)   37.9   (3.34)   12.2   (2.05)   12.2   (2.05)     (†)
Town 11.8 (0.98)   100 (†)   47.5 (4.02)   28.9   (3.11)   23.6   (3.82)   19.1   (3.70)   4.5 ! (2.22)
Rural 11.8 (0.66)   100 (†)   44.6 (2.85)   34.3   (2.78)   21.2   (2.73)   19.8   (2.68)   1.4   (0.36)
                                                 
Physical sciences                                                
Total 11.3 (0.54)   100 (†)   41.8 (2.14)   32.7   (1.97)   25.5   (2.20)   23.7   (1.61)   1.8   (0.42)
City 13.0 (1.45)   100 (†)   31.8 (5.52)   38.5   (4.93)   29.7   (3.63)   27.0   (3.32)   2.7 ! (1.07)
Suburban 10.2 (0.69)   100 (†)   45.5 (3.59)   36.2   (3.39)   18.3   (2.37)   17.2   (2.40)   1.1 ! (0.43)
Town 10.3 (0.82)   100 (†)   52.5 (4.32)   28.3   (3.42)   19.3   (2.91)   17.3   (2.60)     (†)
Rural 11.2 (0.60)   100 (†)   44.1 (2.54)   26.4   (2.32)   29.5   (2.38)   27.8   (2.41)   1.6 ! (0.60)
                                                 
English as a second language                                                
Total 9.6 (0.45)   100 (†)   45.5 (2.80)   31.2   (2.58)   23.3   (2.43)   20.4   (1.88)   2.9 ! (0.91)
City 15.3 (1.19)   100 (†)   45.6 (4.39)   32.5   (4.72)   22.0   (3.63)   18.8   (3.83)   3.1 ! (1.35)
Suburban 9.7 (0.91)   100 (†)   47.4 (4.15)   29.9   (3.84)   22.8   (3.30)   20.7   (3.54)     (†)
Town 7.8 (0.88)   100 (†)   39.9 (6.63)   42.2   (6.30)   17.9   (4.32)   16.5   (3.25)     (†)
Rural 5.7 (0.49)   100 (†)   45.8 (5.92)   24.3   (3.97)   30.0   (4.56)   25.7   (4.10)   4.2 ! (1.57)
                                                 
Foreign languages                                                
Total 11.2 (0.45)   100 (†)   38.1 (2.69)   35.5   (2.22)   26.4   (2.42)   23.7   (1.79)   2.7   (0.62)
City 12.7 (1.41)   100 (†)   34.7 (6.00)   34.7   (4.22)   30.7   (3.90)   26.9   (3.64)   3.8 ! (1.25)
Suburban 13.1 (0.97)   100 (†)   42.2 (3.40)   37.7   (3.33)   20.1   (3.22)   17.8   (3.05)     (†)
Town 9.6 (1.18)   100 (†)   34.2 (6.73)   40.3   (6.54)   25.5   (4.09)   23.5   (4.12)   2.0 ! (0.89)
Rural 9.1 (0.55)   100 (†)   38.7 (3.32)   31.8   (3.22)   29.5   (3.54)   27.3   (3.55)   2.2 ! (0.78)
                                                 
Music or art                                                
Total 16.6 (0.55)   100 (†)   62.6 (1.76)   28.3   (1.83)   9.1   (1.35)   7.6   (0.95)   1.5   (0.42)
City 18.0 (1.19)   100 (†)   59.9 (3.85)   31.3   (4.08)   8.8   (2.01)   7.4   (2.05)     (†)
Suburban 16.4 (1.06)   100 (†)   66.9 (3.26)   27.3   (3.18)   5.8   (1.31)   4.0   (1.04)     (†)
Town 15.8 (1.12)   100 (†)   61.8 (4.25)   27.7   (4.23)   10.5   (2.80)   9.8   (2.77)   0.8 ! (0.34)
Rural 16.2 (0.90)   100 (†)   61.7 (2.66)   26.9   (2.35)   11.5   (1.59)   9.7   (1.52)   1.8   (0.48)
                                                 
Vocational or technical education                                                
Total 7.3 (0.31)   100 (†)   43.7 (2.43)   35.9   (2.22)   20.4   (2.38)   18.7   (1.70)   1.6   (0.45)
City 6.8 (0.62)   100 (†)   36.3 (4.53)   40.3   (5.04)   23.4   (4.21)   19.9   (4.20)   3.5 ! (1.65)
Suburban 6.4 (0.58)   100 (†)   49.6 (5.08)   32.0   (3.93)   18.3   (3.77)   17.2   (3.71)   1.2 ! (0.55)
Town 7.9 (0.78)   100 (†)   54.9 (4.74)   26.6   (3.77)   18.5   (3.47)   17.5   (3.44)   0.9 ! (0.41)
Rural 8.2 (0.49)   100 (†)   40.4 (3.91)   39.1   (3.75)   20.4   (2.87)   19.4   (2.95)   1.0 ! (0.48)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
NOTE: For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/definitions.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 Data File" 2011-12.