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Table 6. Number of public high school-level teachers with a main assignment in social science and the percentage with a major and certification in social science, by selected teacher and school characteristics: 2003–04

Major in social science No major in social science
Selected teacher and school characteristic Number of social science teachers   Total Certified in social science Not certified in social science Total Certified in social science   Not certified in social science Total certified in social science
 
All teachers with a social science
 main assignment1 
111,600 83.6 70.7 12.9   16.4 11.1   5.2 81.8
                     
Average class size                     
10 or fewer students  3,100 56.3 42.7 13.6   43.7 2.4 ! 41.2 45.1
11–18  15,700 77.1 60.5 16.6   22.9 16.8   6.2 77.3
19–27  56,000 85.8 74.3 11.5   14.2 10.2   4.0 84.4
28 or more students  36,800 85.4 72.0 13.5   14.6 10.9   3.7 82.8
                     
Years of teaching experience                     
3 or fewer  16,800 81.2 54.9 26.3   18.8 9.7   9.1 64.6
4–9  34,000 85.5 73.8 11.7   14.5 9.7   4.9 83.4
10–19  23,900 81.7 72.2 9.5   18.3 15.0   3.3 87.2
20 or more  36,800 84.3 74.1 10.2   15.7 10.6   5.2 84.7
                     
School classification                     
Charter school  1,400 78.5 38.1 40.4   21.5 4.6 ! 16.9 42.7
Traditional public school  110,200 83.7 71.1 12.6   16.3 11.2   5.1 82.3
                     
Community type                     
Central city  31,200 84.1 69.2 15.0   15.9 11.2   4.6 80.4
Urban fringe/large town  58,000 85.3 72.3 13.0   14.7 10.2   4.5 82.5
Rural/small town  22,400 78.5 68.6 10.0   21.5 13.3   8.1 81.9
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100  2,500 71.2 32.2 38.9   28.8 7.2 ! 21.6 39.4
100–199  3,600 78.6 55.8 22.8   21.4 10.4   11.0 66.1
200–499  15,800 79.8 67.5 12.3   20.2 13.5   6.7 81.0
500–749  11,100 83.8 74.4 9.3   16.2 11.8   4.4 86.2
750–999  10,300 84.6 68.2 16.4   15.4 13.1   2.3 81.3
1,000 or more  68,300 85.1 73.4 11.6   14.9 10.4   4.6 83.8
                     
Percent of K–12 students in school
    who are of a racial/ethnic minority2 
                   
Less than 20  46,000 84.2 75.5 8.7   15.8 11.3   4.4 86.8
20 to 59.9  31,100 80.3 66.2 14.1   19.7 12.5   7.2 78.7
60 or more  34,300 85.9 68.3 17.6   14.1 9.6   4.5 77.9
                     
Percent of K–12 students in school
    who were approved for free or
    reduced-price lunches 
                   
Less than 35  64,900 85.2 74.2 11.0   14.8 10.4   4.4 84.6
35 to 49.9  20,600 82.2 71.7 10.5   17.8 12.5   5.2 84.3
50 to 74.9  14,500 81.4 66.2 15.2   18.6 14.1   4.4 80.4
75 or more  8,000 78.0 52.0 26.0   22.0 7.9   14.0 59.9
Did not participate in program  3,500 83.8 60.4 23.4   16.2 11.2   5.0 71.6
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 "All teachers with a social science main assignment" includes the subsample of high school-level teachers who reported a main assignment in social studies (general), anthropology, economics, geography, government/civics, history, Native American studies, psychology, or sociology.
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 social science" columns are all teachers, regardless of whether the major was earned within or outside the school/college of education. Majors in social science are credited if they were earned at the bachelor's degree level or higher. "Certified in social science" columns contain teachers with a regular/probationary certification in social science 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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