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Table 3. Number of public high school-level teachers with a main assignment in English and the percentage with a major and certification in English, by selected teacher and school characteristics: 2003–04

Major in English No major in English
Selected teacher and school characteristic Number of English teachers Certified in English Not certified in English Certified in English Not certified in English Total certified in English
  Total       Total      
All teachers with an English
 main assignment1 
134,900   84.5   71.1   13.4   15.5   9.1   6.4   80.2
                               
Average class size                               
10 or fewer students  5,900   65.5   45.9   19.6   34.5   12.6   21.9   58.5
11–18  30,100   79.6   65.1   14.4   20.4   10.6   9.8   75.8
19–27  71,700   87.1   74.4   12.7   12.9   8.5   4.4   82.8
28 or more students  27,200   87.2   74.5   12.7   12.8   8.2   4.6   82.7
                               
Years of teaching experience                               
3 or fewer  24,800   80.3   52.6   27.8   19.7   8.2   11.5   60.7
4–9  35,300   84.9   74.7   10.2   15.1   9.3   5.8   84.0
10–19  31,200   82.8   73.5   9.2   17.2   11.9   5.3   85.5
20 or more  43,600   87.8   77.0   10.8   12.2   7.4   4.9   84.3
                               
School classification                               
Charter school  1,500   67.9   38.8   29.1   32.1   10.2   21.9   49.0
Traditional public school  133,300   84.7   71.5   13.2   15.3   9.1   6.3   80.5
                               
Community type                               
Central city  37,700   85.7   72.2   13.5   14.3   7.9   6.4   80.1
Urban fringe/large town  69,200   85.3   71.5   13.8   14.7   8.5   6.1   80.1
Rural/small town  28,000   80.8   68.6   12.2   19.2   12.0   7.2   80.5
                               
Student enrollment                               
Less than 100  3,200   66.0   53.3   12.8   34.0   7.4   26.5   60.7
100–199  4,600   79.5   61.1   18.4   20.5   9.5   11.0   70.6
200–499  17,900   79.4   67.1   12.3   20.6   11.7   8.9   78.7
500–749  16,200   78.4   62.1   16.3   21.6   12.4   9.2   74.5
750–999  12,900   84.2   71.4   12.8   15.8   9.8   6.0   81.2
1,000 or more  80,100   87.9   75.0   12.9   12.1   7.8   4.3   82.8
                               
Percent of K–12 students in school                               
who are of a racial/ethnic minority2                               
Less than 20  57,000   85.7   74.2   11.5   14.3   9.0   5.3   83.2
20 to 59.9  36,200   85.6   70.9   14.7   14.4   9.4   5.0   80.3
60 or more  41,700   81.9   67.0   14.9   18.1   8.9   9.3   75.9
                               
Percent of K–12 students in school
    who were approved for free or
    reduced-price lunches 
                             
Less than 35  75,100   88.3   75.2   13.0   11.7   8.0   3.8   83.2
35 to 49.9  26,200   82.1   69.2   12.9   17.9   9.9   7.9   79.2
50 to 74.9  17,800   77.1   62.9   14.2   22.9   12.2   10.7   75.1
75 or more  10,200   81.6   64.7   16.9   18.4   9.9   8.5   74.6
Did not participate in program  5,600   73.8   61.7   12.0   26.2   8.6   17.7   70.3
1 "All teachers with an English main assignment" includes the subsample of high school-level teachers who reported a main assignment in communications, composition, English, journalism, language arts, reading, or speech.
2 Minority enrollment data are collected at the school level and placed on the teacher file. In cases where the sampled school did not respond, data were imputed from the Common Core of Data (CCD). In some cases, CCD data were not available for the school's minority enrollment. A very small number of teachers from these schools are missing data for this variable.
NOTE: Teachers include traditional public and public charter teachers who taught departmentalized classes to students in any of grades 10–12, or grade 9 and no grade lower. Included in the "Major in English" columns are all teachers, regardless of whether the major was earned within or outside the school/college of education. Majors in English are credited if they were earned at the bachelor's degree level or higher. "Certified in English" columns contain teachers with a regular/probationary certification in-subject and at the secondary level. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2003–04.


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