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Title: Qualifications of Public Secondary School History Teachers, 1999–2000
Description: Previous studies of the qualifications of elementary and secondary school teachers have focused on whether teachers have educational backgrounds (a postsecondary major/minor or equivalent) and state certification that match the subjects they teach. If not, they are commonly considered “out-of-field.” This Issue Brief reports the combination of certifications and majors and minors to which secondary-level history students are exposed and how these qualifications vary across schools with differing levels of student poverty. Data from the NCES 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) teacher and school questionnaires indicate that students in the lowest poverty schools were the least likely to have a teacher with both an out-of-field certification and an out-of-field major or minor.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: August 2006
Web Release: August 3, 2006
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2006004
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Issue Brief
Survey/Program Areas: Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Issue Brief, please contact:
Rebecca Bielamowicz.