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Status of Education in Rural America
NCES 2007-040
June 2007

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Table A-3.8.

Average number of years of teaching experience for public school teachers and percentage distribution of such teachers, by detailed locale, years of teaching experience, and grade level taught: 200304


Years of teaching experience and grade level taught Total City Suburban Town Rural
Large Midsize Small Large Midsize Small Fringe Distant Remote Fringe Distant Remote
Total
Average number of years 14.2 12.7 14.2 14.6 14.0 14.1 14.3 15.3 14.8 15.4 14.0 14.7 15.3
 
Years of teaching experience
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Less than 3 10.4 13.1 11.4 9.4 10.2 11.8 7.5 9.5 9.8 ! 7.6 11.2 9.4 9.6
3–9 32.0 36.3 32.0 31.3 33.6 29.6 34.0 29.5 28.0 27.8 32.3 30.2 26.5
10 to 20 29.1 27.0 27.5 29.4 29.0 30.9 30.5 27.0 30.2 32.5 28.2 30.3 32.5
Over 20 28.4 23.6 29.2 29.9 27.1 27.7 28.1 34.0 32.0 32.1 28.3 30.2 31.3
Elementary
Average number of years 13.9 12.0 13.5 14.0 13.6 14.0 14.3 15.2 14.7 15.6 13.8 15.2 15.7
 
Years of teaching experience
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Less than 3 10.4 13.9 12.1 9.3 ! 10.6 12.5 ! 5.6 ! 7.1 ! 10.9 ! 7.5 ! 11.5 6.7 ! 8.3
3–9 33.0 38.6 33.6 35.4 34.3 28.0 32.8 33.7 24.8 24.6 33.7 30.2 26.2
10 to 20 29.4 25.8 27.0 26.9 30.0 34.3 35.2 24.5 33.1 36.0 27.0 31.9 32.9
Over 20 27.2 21.7 27.3 28.4 25.1 25.2 26.4 34.7 31.3 31.8 27.8 31.3 32.6
Middle
Average number of years 14.3 12.4 14.5 15.1 14.4 14.0 13.9 14.9 15.3 15.9 14.3 14.0 15.7
 
Years of teaching experience
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Less than 3 10.2 12.9 10.6 9.5 9.7 11.0 ! 5.5 ! 12.5 8.3 ! 6.7 ! 11.1 10.6 9.8 !
3–9 31.0 35.0 31.5 26.5 31.9 31.1 40.9 25.3 29.7 27.7 30.9 32.0 25.5
10 to 20 30.3 32.2 26.8 33.4 30.2 28.9 25.5 ! 30.9 27.9 30.8 30.1 29.8 32.2
Over 20 28.4 19.9 31.2 30.5 28.2 29.0 28.1 31.2 34.1 34.8 27.9 27.7 32.5
High school
Average number of years 14.5 14.0 14.9 15.2 14.2 14.5 14.7 15.6 14.5 14.7 14.0 14.5 14.7
 
Years of teaching experience
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Less than 3 10.7 12.4 11.3 9.6 10.2 11.5 12.6 10.2 9.8 8.6 11.1 11.6 10.8
3–9 31.7 34.0 29.7 30.1 34.6 30.9 29.3 27.8 31.8 31.4 32.1 28.8 27.6
10 to 20 27.7 24.0 28.8 28.8 26.7 27.8 26.9 27.8 27.7 30.5 27.9 28.3 32.3
Over 20 29.9 29.6 30.2 31.5 28.6 29.8 31.2 34.2 30.8 29.6 29.0 31.3 29.4
! Interpret data with caution.
NOTE: Total includes combined level schools not separately shown. Years of teaching experience counts one year of part-time teaching the same as one year of full-time teaching. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Teacher Questionnaire," 200304.