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Percentage distribution of school teachers, by highest degree earned, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2011–12

Selected public school
district characteristic
No bachelor's   Bachelor's degree   Master's degree   Higher than a master's degree1  
All schools 4.4   40.9   46.2   8.5  
 
All public schools 3.8 39.9 47.7 8.7
 
School classification
Traditional public 3.8 39.4 48.0 8.8
Charter school 4.1 52.3 37.3 6.3
 
Community type 
City
Suburban  3.3 34.7 52.2 9.8
Town  3.8 44.0 45.0 7.2
Rural  4.6 45.5 42.3 7.6
 
School level
Primary 3.2 41.2 47.3 8.4
Middle 3.5 38.8 48.5 9.2
High 4.8 36.8 49.6 8.8
Combined 5.1 46.9 39.4 8.6
 
School enrollment
Less than 100 4.7 49.1 36.9 9.3
100-199 5.2 48.8 39.3 6.7
200-499 3.2 40.5 48.5 7.9
500-749 3.7 40.1 47.3 8.8
750–999 3.3 41.6 46.4 8.8
1,000 or more 4.7 36.1 49.5 9.7
 
Percent of K-12 students who were
approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
0-34  3.5 33.3 54.1 9.1
35-49  4.1 39.5 47.3 9.1
50-74  3.9 46.0 42.1 8.1
75 or more  3.5 42.9 45.2 8.4
     School did not participate in free
or reduced-price lunch program
9.0   36.3   45.5   9.2  
                 
All private schools 8.4   48.5   35.8   7.3  
 
School classification
Catholic 5.8 51.7 36.5 6.1
Other religious
Nonsectarian
 
Community type 
City 8.5 44.9 38.7 7.9
Suburban 
Town  10.3 53.7 29.7 6.3
Rural 
 
School level
Elementary 8.4 52.8 32.7 6.1
Secondary 5.4 40.9 45.0 8.7
Combined
 
School enrollment
Less than 100
100-199
200-499 5.1 48.5 39.0 7.5
500-749 46.7 40.7 5.8
750 or more        
                 
! 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) or the response rate is below 50 percent.
1 Based on the school year the teacher started teaching at the current school. Caution should be used in comparing to the 2007-08 survey results because 2007-08 teachers were instructed, "If you had a break in service of one year or more, please report the year that you returned to this school," whereas no such instruction was given in the 2011-12 survey.
NOTE: Teachers include both full-time and part-time teachers. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2011–12.


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