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Table 209.24. Number and percentage distribution of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by whether they entered teaching through an alternative route to certification program and selected teacher and school characteristics: School year 2020-21
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected teacher or school characteristic Number of teachers (in thousands) Percentage distribution of teachers, by teacher or school characteristic Percentage distribution of teachers, by alternative route status
Total Entered through alternative route program? Total Entered through alternative route program? Total Entered through alternative route program?
Yes No Yes No Yes No
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Total 3,764   (44.5) 730   (13.6) 3,033   (38.3) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†) 19.4   (0.30) 80.6   (0.30)
Sex                                                      
Male 873   (16.5) 226   (7.6) 648   (12.8) 23.2   (0.31) 30.9   (0.73) 21.4   (0.32) 100.0   (†) 25.8   (0.66) 74.2   (0.66)
Female 2,890   (34.7) 505   (9.5) 2,385   (31.4) 76.8   (0.31) 69.1   (0.73) 78.6   (0.32) 100.0   (†) 17.5   (0.29) 82.5   (0.29)
Race/ethnicity                                                      
American Indian/Alaska Native 16   (1.6) 5   (0.8) 11   (1.3) 0.4   (0.04) 0.6   (0.10) 0.4   (0.04) 100.0   (†) 29.4   (3.76) 70.6   (3.76)
Asian 89   (4.0) 20   (1.6) 69   (3.4) 2.4   (0.10) 2.7   (0.21) 2.3   (0.11) 100.0   (†) 22.0   (1.52) 78.0   (1.52)
Black 228   (8.3) 81   (4.3) 147   (6.1) 6.1   (0.20) 11.1   (0.51) 4.9   (0.19) 100.0   (†) 35.5   (1.32) 64.5   (1.32)
Hispanic 355   (10.1) 109   (4.9) 246   (7.7) 9.4   (0.24) 15.0   (0.57) 8.1   (0.23) 100.0   (†) 30.8   (1.02) 69.2   (1.02)
Pacific Islander 6   (0.8) 2   (0.5) 4   (0.6) 0.2   (0.02) 0.3   (0.07) 0.1   (0.02) 100.0   (†) 36.2   (6.12) 63.8   (6.12)
White 3,007   (37.5) 497   (9.8) 2,510   (33.7) 79.9   (0.34) 68.0   (0.78) 82.7   (0.34) 100.0   (†) 16.5   (0.29) 83.5   (0.29)
Two or more races 62   (2.9) 16   (1.3) 46   (2.5) 1.6   (0.08) 2.2   (0.18) 1.5   (0.08) 100.0   (†) 26.3   (1.88) 73.7   (1.88)
Main teaching assignment                                                      
Elementary education 1,290   (24.2) 169   (5.8) 1,121   (22.5) 34.3   (0.52) 23.1   (0.75) 37.0   (0.55) 100.0   (†) 13.1   (0.42) 86.9   (0.42)
Special education 541   (9.7) 111   (4.1) 430   (8.5) 14.4   (0.19) 15.2   (0.48) 14.2   (0.22) 100.0   (†) 20.5   (0.67) 79.5   (0.67)
Arts and music 251   (5.8) 41   (2.3) 209   (5.1) 6.7   (0.14) 5.6   (0.31) 6.9   (0.15) 100.0   (†) 16.4   (0.80) 83.6   (0.80)
English and language arts 392   (9.2) 78   (3.4) 314   (7.9) 10.4   (0.21) 10.7   (0.40) 10.4   (0.23) 100.0   (†) 19.9   (0.74) 80.1   (0.74)
English as a second language 77   (3.7) 15   (1.5) 63   (3.4) 2.0   (0.10) 2.0   (0.20) 2.1   (0.11) 100.0   (†) 18.8   (1.83) 81.2   (1.83)
Foreign languages 93   (3.8) 27   (1.8) 66   (3.3) 2.5   (0.09) 3.7   (0.24) 2.2   (0.10) 100.0   (†) 29.0   (1.66) 71.0   (1.66)
Health education 142   (4.5) 21   (1.9) 121   (4.1) 3.8   (0.12) 2.8   (0.25) 4.0   (0.13) 100.0   (†) 14.6   (1.20) 85.4   (1.20)
Mathematics and computer
     science
292   (7.1) 68   (3.1) 223   (5.8) 7.7   (0.15) 9.4   (0.36) 7.4   (0.16) 100.0   (†) 23.5   (0.84) 76.5   (0.84)
Natural sciences 247   (5.7) 75   (2.8) 173   (4.6) 6.6   (0.13) 10.2   (0.36) 5.7   (0.14) 100.0   (†) 30.2   (0.91) 69.8   (0.91)
Social sciences 235   (6.0) 53   (2.9) 182   (5.2) 6.2   (0.14) 7.2   (0.36) 6.0   (0.15) 100.0   (†) 22.5   (1.10) 77.5   (1.10)
Career or technical education 162   (5.8) 63   (3.1) 99   (4.5) 4.3   (0.14) 8.6   (0.38) 3.3   (0.14) 100.0   (†) 38.8   (1.49) 61.2   (1.49)
All others 43   (2.7) 10   (1.3) 32   (2.2) 1.1   (0.07) 1.4   (0.17) 1.1   (0.07) 100.0   (†) 24.2   (2.48) 75.8   (2.48)
School classification                                                      
Traditional public 3,513   (39.4) 660   (11.6) 2,853   (35.7) 93.3   (0.30) 90.4   (0.69) 94.1   (0.25) 100.0   (†) 18.8   (0.30) 81.2   (0.30)
Charter school 251   (12.5) 70   (5.6) 180   (8.2) 6.7   (0.30) 9.6   (0.69) 5.9   (0.25) 100.0   (†) 28.0   (1.26) 72.0   (1.26)
School level                                                      
Elementary 1,736   (32.4) 245   (7.3) 1,491   (29.8) 46.1   (0.75) 33.6   (0.91) 49.1   (0.79) 100.0   (†) 14.1   (0.38) 85.9   (0.38)
Middle 699   (20.7) 149   (6.9) 551   (16.3) 18.6   (0.54) 20.3   (0.90) 18.2   (0.53) 100.0   (†) 21.2   (0.68) 78.8   (0.68)
Secondary/high 1,072   (31.2) 288   (10.9) 784   (22.8) 28.5   (0.67) 39.4   (1.11) 25.9   (0.63) 100.0   (†) 26.9   (0.56) 73.1   (0.56)
Combined/other 256   (12.8) 48   (3.4) 208   (10.8) 6.8   (0.33) 6.6   (0.45) 6.8   (0.34) 100.0   (†) 18.9   (0.97) 81.1   (0.97)
Percent of minority students in
   school1
                                                     
Less than 10 percent 366   (15.9) 37   (2.0) 329   (15.1) 9.9   (0.41) 5.2   (0.29) 11.0   (0.47) 100.0   (†) 10.1   (0.54) 89.9   (0.54)
10 to 24 percent 643   (21.0) 79   (3.5) 563   (19.4) 17.4   (0.54) 11.2   (0.51) 18.9   (0.60) 100.0   (†) 12.3   (0.48) 87.7   (0.48)
25 to 49 percent 865   (20.1) 142   (5.2) 723   (17.4) 23.4   (0.56) 20.0   (0.73) 24.2   (0.59) 100.0   (†) 16.4   (0.48) 83.6   (0.48)
50 to 74 percent 769   (25.2) 162   (7.1) 607   (20.7) 20.8   (0.62) 22.9   (0.94) 20.3   (0.62) 100.0   (†) 21.1   (0.65) 78.9   (0.65)
75 to 89 percent 428   (19.6) 109   (6.9) 319   (14.9) 11.6   (0.50) 15.4   (0.85) 10.7   (0.48) 100.0   (†) 25.5   (1.01) 74.5   (1.01)
90 percent or more 623   (20.4) 179   (8.0) 444   (14.9) 16.9   (0.51) 25.3   (0.94) 14.9   (0.48) 100.0   (†) 28.8   (0.80) 71.2   (0.80)
School locale                                                      
City 1,047   (27.7) 242   (8.5) 805   (22.2) 27.8   (0.65) 33.1   (0.90) 26.5   (0.66) 100.0   (†) 23.1   (0.55) 76.9   (0.55)
Suburban 1,453   (26.5) 266   (8.3) 1,187   (22.7) 38.6   (0.68) 36.4   (1.02) 39.1   (0.71) 100.0   (†) 18.3   (0.46) 81.7   (0.46)
Town 450   (19.1) 74   (3.7) 376   (17.4) 12.0   (0.45) 10.1   (0.51) 12.4   (0.50) 100.0   (†) 16.4   (0.75) 83.6   (0.75)
Rural 815   (23.7) 149   (6.7) 666   (20.5) 21.6   (0.56) 20.3   (0.79) 22.0   (0.60) 100.0   (†) 18.2   (0.67) 81.8   (0.67)
Percent of students eligible for
   free or reduced-price lunch
                                                     
0 to 25 705   (19.1) 107   (4.8) 599   (17.2) 18.7   (0.50) 14.6   (0.65) 19.7   (0.55) 100.0   (†) 15.1   (0.59) 84.9   (0.59)
26 to 50 947   (25.5) 155   (6.2) 792   (22.6) 25.2   (0.63) 21.2   (0.82) 26.1   (0.67) 100.0   (†) 16.4   (0.54) 83.6   (0.54)
51 to 75 771   (24.7) 158   (6.7) 613   (20.8) 20.5   (0.54) 21.7   (0.79) 20.2   (0.58) 100.0   (†) 20.5   (0.64) 79.5   (0.64)
76 to 100 1,216   (28.7) 281   (9.6) 936   (23.1) 32.3   (0.65) 38.4   (1.00) 30.8   (0.66) 100.0   (†) 23.1   (0.57) 76.9   (0.57)
School does not participate 124   (7.6) 30   (2.9) 94   (6.4) 3.3   (0.20) 4.1   (0.38) 3.1   (0.21) 100.0   (†) 23.9   (1.91) 76.1   (1.91)
†Not applicable.
1Excludes the 2 percent of teachers for whom the percentage of minority enrollment in the school was not available. Minority enrollment is the combined enrollment of students who are American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, and of Two or more races.
NOTE: Teachers were asked whether they entered teaching through an alternative route to certification program, which is a program that was designed to expedite the transition of nonteachers to a teaching career (for example, a state, district, or university alternative route to certification program). Data are based on a head count of full-time and part-time teachers rather than on the number of full-time-equivalent teachers reported in other tables. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Teacher Data File," 2020-21. (This table was prepared August 2023.)

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