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Table 6.    Average number of public school teachers who were newly hired for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels, percentage of districts that offered free training for teachers in fields with current or anticipated shortages, and percentage of districts that used various methods for recruiting new teachers, by state: 2007–08

  Average number of teachers who were newly hired for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels   Percent of districts that offered free training for teachers in fields with current or anticipated shortages     Percent of districts that used various methods for recruiting new teachers
State Signing bonuses   Forgiveness of student loan(s) funded by the district   Relocation assistance   Finder's fee to existing staff for new teacher referrals  
United States  22.4   30.7     6.8   2.2   3.6   1.5  
                           
Alabama  44.4   27.3     19.3   3.7   2.8 ! #  
Alaska  18.8   39.6     6.4   7.2 ! 36.0   #  
Arizona  15.7   53.2     9.9   1.9   5.0 ! 15.7  
Arkansas  13.6   32.6     3.3 ! 1.6 ! 0.4 ! #  
California  24.5   18.4     5.0   1.7 ! 3.0   0.7 !
                           
Colorado  32.5   35.9     15.9 ! 1.2   11.9 ! 0.8 !
Connecticut  20.3   13.9 !   1.0   #   1.7   0.7 !
Delaware  21.8   47.7     3.6   #   10.4   #  
District of Columbia  19.6   87.1     43.0 ! #   6.2 ! 17.3 !
Florida  219.8   66.2     12.3   6.1   13.5   2.5  
                           
Georgia  83.7   57.0     16.9   4.6 ! 1.6   2.1  
Hawaii  1,136.0   100.0     #   #   100.0   #  
Idaho  14.6   24.7     5.2 ! 1.4 ! 4.9 ! #  
Illinois  19.3   13.2 !   0.5 ! #   0.7 ! 0.2 !
Indiana  16.4   16.6     5.5 ! 0.3   1.9 ! #  
                           
Iowa  9.2   39.9     37.4   2.8   12.2   0.9 !
Kansas  16.3   29.1     17.0   1.2   7.5   0.6 !
Kentucky  19.0   23.7     0.5 ! 0.4   2.0 ! #  
Louisiana  67.7   66.4     19.5   9.7   5.5   #  
Maine  7.7   44.3     4.0   2.7   1.3 ! #  
                           
Maryland  326.6   57.0     57.4   #   47.0   16.8  
Massachusetts  26.4   26.6     0.9 ! 1.7 ! 2.8 ! 2.0 !
Michigan  5.7   16.8     #   #   #   #  
Minnesota  11.0   17.6     1.0 ! 3.2 ! 2.0   #  
Mississippi  31.5   35.3     5.9   4.9   21.9   0.8 !
                           
Missouri  15.4   28.4     #   6.5 ! #   0.2  
Montana  4.6   25.5     11.9   3.5 ! 5.8   0.9 !
Nebraska  9.5   20.6     2.5 ! 4.5 ! 1.8 ! #  
Nevada  154.0   43.4     100.0   6.3 ! #   #  
New Hampshire  14.1   28.2     4.0   3.7   #   #  
                           
New Jersey  14.4   25.6     #   0.3   #   #  
New Mexico  20.4   42.6     3.9   5.3   1.2   #  
New York  25.2   19.2     0.5 ! 2.4 ! 2.5 ! 2.2 !
North Carolina  66.3   30.8     44.3   7.0 ! 27.0   7.5 !
North Dakota  3.7   54.0     14.8   0.6   6.1   #  
                           
Ohio  8.9   23.1     1.7 ! 6.4 ! 1.3 ! #  
Oklahoma  8.3   31.8     0.7 ! 1.4 ! #   #  
Oregon  19.2   46.9     3.7   3.6   1.5   #  
Pennsylvania  15.2   32.1     #   #   #   #  
Rhode Island  9.4   1.8     #   9.4 ! #   #  
                           
South Carolina  64.1   47.7     39.5   17.7   19.3   4.6  
South Dakota  6.6   26.5     21.8   2.7 ! 3.3 ! #  
Tennessee  56.2   38.3     4.2 ! 5.7 ! #   #  
Texas  36.9   51.5     13.8   0.7 ! 5.5 ! 2.2 !
Utah  38.2   64.0     25.8   #   2.9 ! 28.4 !
                           
Vermont  12.1   23.0     #   #   #   #  
Virginia  61.6   65.4     10.8   1.5 ! 6.8   5.1 !
Washington  20.6   46.4     0.3   1.1 ! 0.4 ! #  
West Virginia  22.5   37.3     #   4.9   11.3   #  
Wisconsin  11.9   19.4     3.5   0.2   0.7 ! #  
Wyoming  12.9   35.7     32.1   #   27.8   #  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: The 2007–08 SASS sampled all districts in Florida, Hawaii, and Maryland. As a result of sampling, variance estimates for these states are always equal to zero and noted with a dagger (†).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.


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