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Table 14.  Number and percentage of public schools that had teaching vacancies for the current school year, by methods used for covering teaching vacancies at the school, and state: 2003–04

        Of schools that had teaching vacancies for the current school year,
percent of schools that used various methods for covering vacancies 
 
State Number Percent   Hired a fully qualified teacher Hired a less than fully qualified teacher Used long-term or short-term substitutes Cancelled planned course offerings   Expanded some class sizes Added sections to other teachers' normal teaching loads Assigned a teacher of another subject or grade level to cover vacancy   Assigned an administrator or counselor to teach those classes  
United States  64,954 73.7   92.7 16.4 30.3 3.1   12.9 9.6 9.8   2.1  
                             
Alabama  1,220 81.9   94.6 5.2 29.0 2.6   12.7 10.0 12.4   3.0 !
Alaska  295 65.9   88.5 22.8 26.7 2.9 ! 22.3 14.5 19.9   11.2  
Arizona  1,344 78.9   79.9 29.1 29.5 6.5   15.4 15.5 13.5   2.0 !
Arkansas  886 82.7   89.0 24.8 15.5 3.5   10.9 7.4 7.0   1.0 !
California  5,389 60.8   95.7 19.9 41.7 4.8   13.7 15.9 12.2   1.4 !
                             
Colorado  1,179 77.7   97.0 14.5 10.8 3.5   13.8 7.6 6.1   1.9 !
Connecticut  746 74.0   86.9 11.7 29.0 0.2 ! 12.0 7.7 4.3   1.2 !
Delaware  157 85.6   97.3 17.7 42.5 3.6   22.3 7.0 6.9   3.5  
District of Columbia  149 77.4   78.9 16.7 51.7 6.7   26.0 17.6 15.2   4.5 !
Florida  2,545 82.4   87.4 21.7 51.2 1.8   16.2 14.5 18.8   2.0  
                             
Georgia  1,584 84.5   96.7 10.8 24.2 1.4   7.6 9.8 11.2   1.9 !
Hawaii  244 87.1   82.3 42.7 52.9 10.4 ! 19.5 7.7 19.3   0.9 !
Idaho  446 68.5   96.3 9.5 5.3 4.5   11.6 8.3 9.0   1.5 !
Illinois  3,348 80.7   88.7 9.1 18.4 3.4   10.1 4.8 7.2   3.9 !
Indiana  1,269 66.8   94.1 6.5 17.1 0.5 ! 11.2 6.1 4.8   0.5 !
                             
Iowa  921 69.5   94.5 7.1 18.7 2.3 ! 7.0 8.6 14.6   7.7  
Kansas  872 61.6   80.1 12.4 18.3 #   10.6 5.9 7.0   5.1  
Kentucky  1,184 84.8   93.7 17.7 24.7 3.4   12.2 5.8 3.7   4.6  
Louisiana  1,118 76.3   90.8 35.6 33.8 1.6 ! 14.9 7.9 14.4   1.0 !
Maine  465 66.6   92.1 13.7 30.9 5.0 ! 12.5 5.2 6.2   #  
                             
Maryland  1,214 89.1   96.6 21.0 26.1 4.5 ! 24.7 12.2 21.8   0.6 !
Massachusetts  1,388 77.2   94.6 17.9 35.4 3.8   12.6 6.1 8.5   0.9 !
Michigan  2,022 55.0   82.7 10.1 42.2 3.2 ! 20.6 8.6 5.3 ! 1.3 !
Minnesota  1,329 74.6   93.1 23.7 25.3 1.5 ! 8.1 13.5 8.8   4.1  
Mississippi  778 75.2   98.0 10.4 25.7 #   5.0 4.1 6.5   2.3 !
                             
Missouri  1,515 75.8   95.0 15.9 14.1 1.9   16.1 8.6 5.5   2.0 !
Montana  382 65.2   97.7 8.8 15.0 7.6   9.4 8.4 8.3   1.1 !
Nebraska  652 56.9   93.7 8.7 9.3 3.9   7.8 11.1 5.3   4.5  
Nevada  404 81.0   89.3 19.2 46.0 7.4   13.9 13.0 9.0   0.9 !
New Hampshire  345 79.0   94.8 21.6 22.5 0.9   5.2 5.4 1.4 ! 2.9 !
                             
New Jersey  2,021 84.6   96.7 9.7 30.9 2.0   18.4 11.5 15.1   #  
New Mexico  518 73.6   90.7 23.1 31.5 2.7   17.0 15.0 11.8   1.4  
New York  3,794 89.1   96.4 6.7 39.2 1.8 ! 4.1 11.7 6.9   #  
North Carolina  1,925 87.5   92.3 31.1 36.0 4.9   14.1 7.5 9.5   3.9 !
North Dakota  235 58.7   92.9 9.4 13.6 2.4 ! 7.1 8.9 7.5   9.5  
                             
Ohio  2,765 71.4   94.4 16.1 29.5 3.4   8.3 5.7 5.5   0.5 !
Oklahoma  1,013 64.8   95.1 7.3 18.0 4.6   19.5 9.2 14.5   5.7  
Oregon  814 65.2   98.1 12.5 16.3 2.0   16.9 10.5 6.0   5.9  
Pennsylvania  2,189 70.4   92.8 11.0 48.8 1.5 ! 9.1 5.4 6.8   2.3 !
Rhode Island  183 60.2   94.7 15.3 51.0 3.7 ! 17.6 9.8 5.6 ! 2.3 !
                             
South Carolina  875 78.2   90.7 14.1 27.7 5.0   18.4 12.1 9.4   4.5 !
South Dakota  291 59.0   94.6 17.5 16.4 1.0 ! 11.5 9.9 11.7   1.9 !
Tennessee  1,293 79.1   89.9 16.2 25.4 1.0   12.1 5.0 10.9   0.7 !
Texas  5,210 70.2   94.3 25.0 28.6 3.3   14.3 10.0 15.6   1.9  
Utah  644 83.0   93.7 17.7 16.3 7.7   18.9 11.3 8.5   2.4 !
                             
Vermont  285 86.7   91.3 26.8 14.0 4.5 ! 8.2 3.3 4.4   1.1 !
Virginia  1,678 83.7   90.4 27.2 31.6 3.0 ! 12.2 5.5 6.0   0.7 !
Washington  1,639 79.1   94.8 7.9 29.1 4.7 ! 15.4 17.2 7.9   1.1 !
West Virginia  576 74.2   86.2 19.3 68.3 #   14.2 6.8 3.9   0.9 !
Wisconsin  1,384 67.5   95.0 11.1 28.7 2.6   13.6 6.6 4.7 ! 4.9  
Wyoming  236 66.7   91.2 12.6 10.8 7.0   12.2 13.5 4.8   #  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, Public School Data File, 2003–04.

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