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Table 20.  Percentage distribution of school teachers by highest degree earned, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and selected school characteristic Less than bachelor's Bachelor's degree Master's degree Higher than a master's degree  
All schools  2.1 51.4 39.5 7.0  
           
All public schools  1.1 50.8 40.9 7.2  
           
School classification           
Traditional public  1.1 50.6 41.1 7.2  
Charter school  3.2 64.2 27.4 5.2  
           
Community type           
Central city  1.2 50.1 40.3 8.4  
Urban fringe/large town  0.9 49.1 42.9 7.1  
Rural/small town  1.4 56.7 36.4 5.5  
           
School level           
Elementary  0.4 51.9 40.6 7.1  
Secondary  2.5 47.4 42.5 7.6  
Combined  1.3 56.9 36.7 5.1  
           
Student enrollment           
Less than 100  1.4 61.0 31.4 6.2  
100–199  1.2 58.1 35.8 4.9  
200–499  1.0 51.1 41.3 6.5  
500–749  0.9 52.2 39.9 7.0  
750–999  0.8 51.8 39.6 7.8  
1,000 or more  1.5 46.6 43.7 8.2  
           
All BIA schools  2.6 61.2 30.6 5.6 1 
           
All private schools  9.2 55.5 29.5 5.8  
           
School classification           
Catholic  3.2 61.1 30.8 4.9  
Other religious  17.7 54.3 22.7 5.2  
Nonsectarian  5.0 49.7 37.3 8.0  
           
Community type           
Central city  8.4 52.8 31.8 7.0  
Urban fringe/large town  8.5 56.6 29.4 5.5  
Rural/small town  15.9 59.9 21.2 3.1  
           
School level           
Elementary  9.3 62.2 24.4 4.2  
Secondary  2.9 44.3 44.0 8.8  
Combined  12.1 51.7 29.6 6.7  
           
Student enrollment           
Less than 100  23.3 54.2 17.9 4.6  
100–199  8.6 62.6 23.5 5.3  
200–499  5.9 58.2 30.2 5.7  
500–749  5.0 53.1 34.4 7.5  
750 or more  4.6 41.0 47.3 7.2  
1 For the item that measured degrees earned, the final weighted response rate for Ph.D. was less than 70 percent on the BIA School Teacher Data File.
NOTE: Teachers include both full-time and part-time teachers. 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. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, Public School Teacher, BIA School Teacher, and Private School Teacher Data Files.


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