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Number and percentage of public school teachers who participated in selected types of professional development in the past 12 months, by selected school and teacher characteristics: 2007–08

      Percent of teachers who participated in professional development that focused on  
Selected school and teachers characteristics Total number of public schools teachers   Content of the subjects taught   Uses of computers for instruction   Reading instruction   Student discipline and management in the classroom   How to teach students with disabilities   How to teach limited English proficient (LEP)/English language learner (ELL) students  
All public schools  3,404,500   87.2   66.7   60.8   45.3   42.1   27.9  
                             
School classification                             
Traditional public  3,332,100   87.4   67.0   60.9   45.2   42.1   27.9  
Charter school  72,400   78.0   53.0   57.9   51.9   40.5   28.7  
                             
Community type                             
City  882,400   89.9   65.9   64.3   49.3   41.4   38.6  
Suburban  1,200,700   88.2   68.3   60.8   42.2   42.5   27.9  
Town  467,500   85.7   64.0   61.1   46.0   43.0   25.0  
Rural  853,900   84.0   66.7   57.3   45.3   41.7   18.3  
                             
School level                            
Primary 1,629,400   92.4   66.7   75.5   44.7   41.9   31.0  
Middle 622,500   85.4   67.4   53.8   49.2   44.9   26.9  
High 993,800   80.7   66.9   42.8   42.8   39.7   24.9  
Combined 158,800   82.6   62.4   51.2   52.5   47.6   18.5  
                             
Student enrollment                             
Less than 100  48,700   77.1   56.4   50.5   53.3   47.3   18.5  
100-199  124,100   85.4   63.7   57.0   50.2   43.4   18.2  
200-499  1,029,800   88.9   65.0   66.4   45.5   42.2   22.7  
500-749  845,100   88.9   68.2   65.9   45.0   42.6   30.5  
750-999  488,600   88.7   68.1   62.7   45.3   43.2   32.4  
1,000 or more  868,100   87.3   67.4   49.5   44.4   40.4   30.7  
                             
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                           
0-34  1,487,900   86.8   68.8   55.9   40.3   42.0   22.5  
35-49  576,000   85.6   67.0   61.3   46.7   42.7   25.4  
50-74  722,500   87.8   64.9   65.4   49.3   42.3   33.0  
75 or more  554,700   89.7   63.9   69.1   52.8   41.0   39.3  
                             
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
63,400   84.8   61.1   48.1   41.1   44.2   18.3  
                             
Main teaching assignment                            
Elementary education 1,100,700   93.6   67.3   81.6   42.6   35.5   32.7  
Special education 394,800   91.4   63.1   67.8   54.6   79.6   22.8  
Arts and music 224,300   82.2   63.9   36.6   47.6   34.7   19.0  
English and language arts 410,000   89.1   66.4   69.9   44.1   42.2   30.8  
English as a second
language
44,900   93.2   63.5   79.3   39.5   31.6   91.2  
Foreign languages 84,400   73.4   65.8   38.9   39.1   32.8   24.3  
Health education 182,000   79.9   64.0   35.2   47.0   34.6   16.9  
Mathematics and computer
science
298,600   83.0   66.0   34.2   44.4   35.8   24.6  
Natural sciences 210,500   78.0   69.7   42.6   40.2   38.3   24.7  
Social sciences 222,700   78.8   67.6   52.6   45.9   41.0   27.3  
Vocational, career, or
technical education
171,900   82.2   73.0   38.7   51.1   39.3   21.3  
Miscellaneous 19,700   85.6   86.0   52.4   46.1   44.0   29.4  
Other 40,100   85.6   67.7   47.7   51.4   42.7   23.8  
                             
Age                            
Less than 30 611,800   85.0   57.7   59.4   46.5   37.2   26.9  
30 - 49 1,606,700   87.5   67.2   61.4   44.3   43.2   27.6  
50 or more 1,086,700   88.2   71.3   60.7   46.3   43.4   28.9  
                             
Sex                            
Male 820,900   81.2   67.4   47.0   45.9   39.6   24.9  
Female 2,583,600   89.2   66.5   65.2   45.2   42.9   28.8  
                             
Race/ethnicity                            
Hispanic, regardless of
race
240,300   86.6   65.4   66.9   43.6   40.1   54.6  
White, non-Hispanic 2,829,200   87.0   66.4   59.7   44.5   41.8   25.2  
Black or African-American,
non-Hispanic
239,500   90.2   72.7   68.5   56.1   47.7   28.4  
Other1  91,800   89.0   63.7   59.7   48.7   42.4   38.2  
1 Other includes Asian, non-Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic, and two or more races, non-Hispanic.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
NOTE: 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," 2007–08.


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