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Table 1. Number of public high school-level teachers and the percentage with a major and certification in their main assignment, by state: 2003–04

State Number of teachers Major in main assignment No major in main assignment
  Total   Certified1   Not certified   Total   Certified1   Not certified   Total certified1
All teachers2 606,140   83.6   70.0   13.6   16.4   9.8   6.6   79.8
                               
Alabama  9,180   84.9   75.8   9.2   15.1   8.6   6.5   84.4
Alaska  1,780   77.9   61.5   16.4   22.1   8.0   14.0   69.6
Arizona  10,000   76.3   59.6   16.7   23.7   13.4   10.3   73.0
Arkansas  8,620   78.2   70.5   7.7   21.8   17.6   4.2   88.1
California  51,340   81.3   67.6   13.7   18.7   10.7   8.0   78.4
                               
Colorado  9,680   84.8   73.2   11.6   15.2   8.2   7.0   81.4
Connecticut  9,240   89.7   77.5   12.2   10.3   6.3   3.9   83.9
Delaware  1,420   81.4   61.9   19.5   18.6   11.0   7.6   72.9
District of Columbia  700   87.0   54.7   32.3   13.0   7.8 ! 5.2 ! 62.5
Florida  28,270   81.2   62.1   19.2   18.8   9.5   9.3   71.5
                               
Georgia  16,190   85.0   75.0   10.0   15.0   9.4   5.6   84.4
Hawaii  2,220   79.7   67.0   12.6   20.3   8.1   12.2   75.2
Idaho  3,760   80.7   71.5   9.2   19.3   14.2   5.1   85.7
Illinois  26,050   91.6   79.4   12.3   8.4   4.5   3.9   83.9
Indiana  11,210   85.9   79.8   6.1   14.1   11.7   2.4   91.6
                               
Iowa  6,970   87.9   79.7   8.2   12.1   8.6   3.5   88.3
Kansas  7,640   85.2   80.8   4.4   14.8   10.5   4.3   91.3
Kentucky  8,680   87.4   73.2   14.2   12.6   6.6   6.0   79.8
Louisiana  9,310   69.4   52.2   17.2   30.6   17.1   13.5   69.3
Maine  4,270   84.3   70.0   14.2   15.7   11.6   4.1   81.7
                               
Maryland  10,150   85.4   66.7   18.7   14.6   6.3   8.3   73.0
Massachusetts  17,670   86.0   67.9   18.1   14.0   6.8   7.2   74.7
Michigan  19,050   85.2   67.3   18.0   14.8   10.3   4.5   77.5
Minnesota  12,030   89.1   79.8   9.3 ! 10.9   6.1   4.8   85.9
Mississippi  4,990   82.1   73.8   8.3   17.9   13.1   4.8   86.9
                               
Missouri  11,940   77.4   70.7   6.6   22.6   13.7   9.0   84.4
Montana  2,950   83.5   74.1   9.4   16.5   11.1   5.4   85.2
Nebraska  5,960   88.8   81.1   7.7   11.2   5.6   5.6   86.7
Nevada  2,740   83.4   71.4   12.0   16.6   13.7   2.9 ! 85.1
New Hampshire  3,210   87.8   74.5   13.3   12.2   6.0   6.2   80.5
                               
New Jersey  20,490   89.1   76.6   12.5   10.9   5.8   5.1   82.4
New Mexico  3,870   73.4   65.1   8.3   26.6   20.2   6.3   85.4
New York  44,170   86.8   64.3   22.5   13.2   4.9   8.2   69.2
North Carolina  16,900   84.8   65.5   19.2   15.2   7.3   7.9   72.8
North Dakota  2,170   85.8   79.1   6.7   14.2   12.4   1.9   91.4
                               
Ohio  25,640   86.9   70.0   16.9   13.1   8.3   4.8   78.3
Oklahoma  10,400   72.6   65.4   7.2   27.4   20.7   6.7   86.1
Oregon  5,680   84.6   69.9   14.7   15.4   9.7   5.7   79.6
Pennsylvania  24,300   83.1   74.6   8.6   16.9   10.5   6.4   85.1
Rhode Island  2,330   85.8   74.3   11.5   14.2   11.0 ! 3.2 ! 85.3
                               
South Carolina  9,630   88.7   70.9   17.8   11.3   7.6   3.7   78.5
South Dakota  3,060   77.5   65.8   11.7   22.5   17.9   4.6   83.7
Tennessee  10,680   76.3   68.4   8.0   23.7   16.6   7.1   84.9
Texas  57,610   77.8   65.3   12.5   22.2   14.3   7.9   79.5
Utah  3,980   80.2   71.4   8.8   19.8   14.4   5.4   85.8
                               
Vermont  2,260   87.8   73.5   14.3   12.2   9.0   3.2 ! 82.5
Virginia  15,990   85.7   71.9   13.8   14.3   8.1   6.2   80.0
Washington  11,330   80.2   60.0   20.3   19.8   10.2   9.6   70.1
West Virginia  3,420   86.9   77.2   9.7   13.1   7.2   5.9   84.3
Wisconsin  13,380   92.3   85.1   7.1   7.7   5.2   2.5   90.4
Wyoming  1,620 ! 80.4   73.7   6.7 ! 19.6   12.5   7.1 ! 86.2
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Teachers of art/arts or crafts, music, and dance/theater were allowed to report an ungraded or secondary-level certification.
2 "All teachers" includes the subsample of high school-level teachers (defined below) who reported a main assignment in English, mathematics, science, social science, French, German, Latin, Spanish, art/arts or crafts, music, or dance/theater.
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. Each main assignment includes several subfields. See the appendixes of Education and Certification Qualifications of Departmentalized Public High School-LevelTeachers of Core Subjects: Evidence from the 2003–04 Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES 2008–338) for technical notes and definitions of specific subjects within main assignment fields. "Major in main assignment" columns include all teachers, regardless of whether the major was earned within or outside the school/college of education. Majors in main assignment are credited if they were earned at the bachelor's degree level or higher. "Certified" 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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