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Table 22.  Percentage of school teachers who took and passed various tests, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and selected school characteristic Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in Reading Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in Mathematics Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) in Writing The Praxis II: Subject Assessment in a specific content area An exam for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification Other test of basic skills or subject knowledge, required by certain states, districts, or schools
All schools  30.8 27.6 28.0 29.0 14.5 41.6
             
All public schools  32.0 28.7 29.1 30.3 14.6 43.9
             
School classification             
Traditional public  32.0 28.7 29.1 30.3 14.6 43.8
Charter school  32.1 28.8 28.7 27.3 12.1 51.9
             
Community type             
Central city  31.1 27.5 28.1 27.9 16.7 50.4
Urban fringe/large town  31.2 27.8 28.3 30.9 13.6 43.2
Rural/small town  35.9 32.9 33.1 32.3 14.1 36.2
             
School level             
Elementary  34.2 30.7 30.9 29.3 15.4 44.3
Secondary  27.8 24.7 25.7 33.4 12.9 43.8
Combined  29.5 27.1 27.2 25.2 13.2 40.4
             
Student enrollment             
Less than 100  27.6 27.0 26.8 20.2 11.9 35.9
100–199  28.7 27.1 27.5 26.0 12.7 36.8
200–499  33.7 30.2 30.2 28.0 14.1 37.7
500–749  35.0 31.4 31.8 30.6 14.9 44.2
750–999  31.3 28.3 27.9 31.7 15.8 50.3
1,000 or more  28.0 24.5 26.1 33.2 14.4 49.2
             
All BIA schools  42.5 39.7 40.1 33.9 23.0 37.6
             
All private schools  22.1 19.7 20.2 19.8 13.8 25.8
             
School classification             
Catholic  26.7 23.5 24.6 22.8 15.1 24.5
Other religious  19.0 17.8 17.4 16.0 13.2 26.3
Nonsectarian  20.6 17.4 18.5 21.1 13.1 26.7
             
Community type             
Central city  21.2 18.4 18.8 19.4 13.6 28.3
Urban fringe/large town  21.9 19.8 20.6 20.0 14.6 25.1
Rural/small town  26.3 24.0 23.6 20.0 10.9 19.6
             
School level             
Elementary  24.9 22.6 23.3 19.4 15.4 26.5
Secondary  20.7 17.4 18.4 21.9 10.0 23.1
Combined  19.2 16.9 16.8 19.3 13.5 26.1
             
Student enrollment             
Less than 100  18.9 16.5 18.0 15.1 13.3 28.1
100–199  25.5 23.8 24.2 21.9 15.1 25.2
200–499  23.0 20.3 20.8 19.7 13.3 26.6
500–749  22.2 19.8 19.5 20.8 14.9 22.5
750 or more  18.9 16.0 15.9 21.9 13.0 24.2
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. Estimates include teachers who did not take the test as part of the denominator.
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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