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Table 38.  Average number of public school teachers who were newly hired by public school districts for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels and percentage of public school districts that required selected criteria when considering teaching applicants, by selected public school district characteristics: 2003–04

Selected public school district characteristic Average number of teachers who were newly hired for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels Percent of districts that required selected criteria when considering teaching applicants
Full standard state certification for field to be taught At least emergency or temporary state certification or endorsement for field to be taught Graduation from a state- approved teacher education program College major or minor in field to be taught Passing score on a STATE test of basic skills Passing score on a STATE test of subject knowledge Passing score on a local DISTRICT test of basic skills or subject knowledge Passing score on the Praxis Series Core Battery Test of Professional Knowledge Passing score on the Praxis II: Subject Assessment in a specific content area
All public school districts  18.5 77.4 70.9 66.4 62.6 64.1 58.2 3.7 29.1 26.9
                     
District size                     
1 school  2.7 76.9 61.9 68.0 67.0 60.9 54.3 5.4 19.1 15.5
2–3 schools  5.4 79.0 71.0 66.9 63.4 64.5 59.4 3.5 28.1 25.8
4–5 schools  11.8 77.2 72.8 64.5 59.0 65.0 60.1 2.1 32.0 30.6
6–9 schools  20.1 77.8 78.8 66.2 62.0 67.8 62.1 2.8 38.7 36.9
10–19 schools  43.7 75.4 81.9 66.7 58.2 66.4 59.1 3.1 43.2 43.1
20 or more schools  191.2 73.1 81.0 59.4 49.8 64.8 56.7 2.3 39.2 40.8
                     
Community type                     
Central city  51.6 66.2 65.1 59.8 59.3 64.3 53.2 7.4 22.5 22.8
Urban fringe/large town  24.5 77.7 74.9 65.4 60.0 68.8 63.6 3.7 33.1 29.7
Rural/small town  6.4 79.2 68.2 68.7 65.7 59.7 54.1 2.9 26.7 25.2
                     
District K–12 enrollment                     
Less than 250  2.1 73.8 59.1 69.2 59.9 53.2 44.2 5.0 11.8 9.4
250–999  3.9 77.3 69.1 65.9 65.5 64.3 59.7 4.2 25.3 21.5
1,000–1,999  8.6 79.8 71.3 65.7 64.6 68.3 62.5 2.8 36.3 33.8
2,000–4,999  18.7 80.5 79.5 67.2 64.1 69.1 65.0 2.3 40.2 38.9
5,000–9,999  39.5 77.3 79.9 65.8 57.9 68.9 63.4 3.4 42.3 44.5
10,000 or more  173.6 72.1 82.4 60.1 49.8 66.8 57.2 3.3 38.3 39.4
                     
Percent of K–12 students
in district who were
approved for free or
reduced-price lunches 
                   
Less than 5  26.1 82.4 75.7 51.8 57.1 71.5 71.7 0.6 38.5 40.7
5–24.9  17.9 83.3 73.5 69.4 67.7 66.0 60.9 4.1 32.1 27.5
25–49.9  19.8 77.1 69.8 67.0 60.8 62.1 56.9 2.7 27.2 25.2
50–74.9  18.4 74.0 73.4 67.7 59.9 65.4 57.9 3.4 31.6 30.9
75 or more  21.7 75.5 71.2 65.2 61.3 68.5 60.6 3.8 29.2 27.6
District did not
participate in free or
reduced-price
lunch program 
4.3 69.4 54.8 58.3 69.4 52.9 45.0 10.3 14.1 11.3
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, District Data File.


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