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Table 16.  Of schools that had teaching vacancies in various fields for the current school year, percentage that found it very difficult or were not able to fill the vacancies in these fields, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and selected school characteristic General elemen-
tary
Special education English/
language arts
Social studies Computer science Math-
ematics
Biology or life sciences Physical sciences English as a Second Language (ESL)1 Foreign lang-
uages
Music or art Vocational or technical education
All schools  4.1 29.5 7.6 3.7 17.7 27.1 20.4 26.7 30.7 30.1 17.8 27.7
                         
All public schools  3.9 29.2 8.1 4.0 16.3 28.8 20.9 27.7 31.4 33.6 19.1 27.9
                         
School classification                         
Traditional public  3.6 29.2 8.3 3.8 16.0 28.7 20.7 27.9 31.5 34.0 19.1 27.9
Charter school  12.6 27.1 2.5 8.6 24.9 32.6 27.9 22.7 25.6 23.1 20.2 23.9
                         
Community type                         
Central city  5.7 31.0 7.6 4.8 16.5 34.7 27.2 28.0 27.9 30.3 16.6 27.9
Urban fringe/large town  2.9 26.6 7.0 2.3 14.6 25.1 17.4 26.6 30.0 30.0 16.9 27.1
Rural/small town  3.9 33.1 11.4 6.3 20.9 29.6 20.9 29.7 42.7 48.7 26.1 29.1
                         
School level                         
Elementary  3.9 28.3 7.4 3.7 8.0 23.8 19.6 22.5 30.0 33.9 17.3 27.4
Secondary  5.5 30.8 7.7 3.2 23.1 32.4 21.9 31.0 31.0 31.6 21.5 27.2
Combined  1.9 32.5 14.5 10.1 29.1 30.5 20.8 24.8 62.7 47.3 24.6 34.0
                         
Student enrollment                         
Less than 100  6.3 37.5 10.6 7.9 27.6 24.6 17.0 23.2 48.6 55.4 33.7 31.4
100–199  2.9 29.2 19.6 8.1 21.3 34.7 29.6 40.6 36.2 47.9 29.0 27.1
200–499  4.3 26.8 12.5 3.8 10.7 29.1 17.4 25.4 34.8 44.1 21.5 22.1
500–749  3.9 27.5 4.4 2.8 13.2 27.0 21.3 27.0 34.5 38.5 17.2 27.4
750–999  2.5 31.9 2.2 5.0 15.1 25.3 20.9 25.7 25.3 27.8 15.8 29.7
1,000 or more  1.9 32.7 7.8 3.2 22.9 31.0 21.9 28.9 26.5 24.4 14.5 31.1
                         
All BIA schools  20.2 65.9 18.5 16.2 49.6 51.3 48.0 32.3 21.8 46.2 26.5 58.3
                         
All private schools  4.8 33.9 5.5 2.4 20.6 20.8 18.8 24.1 16.3 22.1 13.8 24.6
                         
School classification                         
Catholic  4.7 16.0 6.1 0.4 21.6 22.8 21.5 24.3 # 22.0 17.4 58.2
Other religious  5.0 10.8 6.2 4.2 22.9 19.2 19.6 24.3 24.1 24.8 15.2 11.2
Nonsectarian  4.3 48.5 3.5 1.6 14.7 21.2 15.0 23.6 15.1 17.9 6.6 35.4
                         
Community type                         
Central city  3.4 35.2 3.9 1.5 21.9 23.3 21.0 25.9 18.9 21.0 9.4 14.3
Urban fringe/large town  4.9 31.6 6.5 2.4 18.5 20.4 17.9 23.7 17.1 20.2 16.7 36.0
Rural/small town  8.6 47.9 6.1 5.0 25.2 14.0 15.9 20.3 11.7 34.2 14.4 16.1
                         
School level                         
Elementary  5.4 22.4 7.7 0.7 20.5 19.0 16.2 19.2 24.8 22.8 11.9 12.7
Secondary  # 44.0 4.5 3.2 8.7 24.5 19.2 31.2 # 25.0 13.2 42.7
Combined  3.4 39.7 3.7 3.4 24.4 20.7 20.6 24.8 14.7 20.2 17.2 19.0
                         
Student enrollment                         
Less than 100  6.9 49.4 7.7 3.1 15.5 19.5 16.6 17.9 42.1 21.6 10.4 28.7
100–199  4.2 21.8 5.2 1.8 18.3 20.5 15.7 20.1 4.8 26.4 15.4 10.8
200–499  3.4 13.3 5.3 3.0 29.5 24.6 21.9 26.3 6.3 22.9 17.9 28.1
500–749  2.8 31.6 4.6 2.3 7.5 14.3 22.2 36.0 # 15.1 13.7 15.1
750 or more  2.9 14.5 1.0 # 14.7 17.9 18.2 34.8 # 17.9 4.7 21.4
# Rounds to zero.
1 English as a Second Language (ESL) also includes English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and/or bilingual education.
NOTE: BIA school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that are operated by the BIA, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, Public School, BIA School, and Private School Data Files.


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