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Percentage of public school teachers who were newly hired for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels, percentage of districts that offered free training for district staff to prepare them to teach in fields with current or anticipated shortages, and percentage of districts that used various practices to recruit teachers, by selected public school district characteristics: 2011–12

          Percent of districts that used various practices to recruit teachers  
Selected public school
district characteristic
Percent of
teachers who
were newly hired
for grades K–12
and comparable
ungraded levels
  Percent of districts that offered free training for district staff to prepare them to teach in fields with current or anticipated shortages   Signing bonuses   Forgiveness of student loan(s) funded by the district     Relocation assistance     Finder's fee to existing staff for new teacher referrals  
All public school districts 6.9 27.1 3.9 2.4   2.5   1.5
 
District size
1 school 12.0   30.6  3.4  3.0     3.0     3.8  
2-3 schools 6.7   22.4  2.2  1.6     2.4      
4-5 schools 6.6   26.8  5.5  1.4     1.3     0.2 !
6-9 schools 6.6   25.7  4.0  1.8     1.7     0.3 !
10-19 schools 6.7   27.9  6.5  4.1     3.3     0.8  
20 or more schools 6.6   32.6  8.2  6.0     5.0     1.5  
 
Community type 
City  7.5   35.7  5.9  3.9     3.5     6.3  
Suburban  6.0   21.5  1.5  1.3          
Town  7.3   25.9  5.5  3.5     2.5     0.5 !
Rural  7.4   27.2  3.7  2.1     2.8     0.6 !
 
District K-12 enrollment
Less than 250 12.3   29.0  4.2  2.6     3.3     1.9 !
250-999   9.3   29.3  2.7  2.1     3.0     2.6  
1,000-1,999 6.7   23.0  3.1  1.7     0.9      
2,000-4,999 6.6   24.6  4.8  2.4     2.1      
5,000-9,999 6.6   25.4  5.6  3.4     1.8     1.5  
10,000 or more 6.6   29.8  8.3  4.9     3.8     1.3  
 
Percent of K-12 students in
district who were
approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
     
0-34  6.3   20.3  1.6  1.3     1.4      
35-49  6.7   22.4  4.7  1.1     2.0     1.1 !
50-74  6.9   28.8  4.5  1.9     2.5     0.7 !
75 or more  8.3   40.6  6.4  6.5     3.6     4.3  
     District did not participate
in free or reduced-
price lunch program
9.6 24.2 2.0 !   4.9 !    
                             
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2011–12.


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