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Table 5. Number and percentage of public schools that had staff with specialist or academic coaching assignments, and among those schools, the percentage that had staff with a particular specialist or academic coaching assignment, by selected school characteristics: 2015–16


            Among schools that had staff with specialist or coaching assignments, percent that had  
Selected school characteristic   Number of schools that had staff with specialist or coaching assignments   Percent of all schools that had staff with specialist or coaching assignments   Reading specialists   Math specialists   Science specialists   Reading coaches   Math coaches   Sciences coaches   General instructional/not subject-specific coaches  
All public schools   59,600   65.9   70.1   33.5   12.1   41.3   27.6   9.8   36.9  
                                       
School classification                                      
Traditional public   54,800   65.6   70.6   32.8   11.5   41.1   26.8   8.9   35.7  
Charter school   4,800   69.9   64.9   40.5   18.6   43.8   36.7   20.5   50.3  
                                       
Community type                                      
City   18,200   73.4   61.8   35.0   14.6   47.2   37.8   13.6   47.5  
Suburban   20,700   71.1   72.9   33.7   12.6   40.7   25.8   9.9   33.9  
Town   7,300   59.8   71.2   31.6   11.1   39.4   21.4   7.6   36.4  
Rural   13,400   55.0   76.6   32.0   8.5   35.3   19.8   5.7   27.2  
                                       
School level                                      
Primary   39,100   77.6   75.2   32.6   10.8   44.4   26.9   7.5   34.5  
Middle   8,300   60.1   63.1   37.9   14.0   37.1   29.2   13.2   38.0  
High   8,000   44.6   51.1   30.7   12.4   32.9   30.1   16.3   48.2  
Combined   4,100   50.1   73.3   37.9   19.7   36.8   25.3   12.3   35.4  
                                       
Student enrollment                                      
Less than 100   2,000   30.5   61.5   44.1   24.7   33.4   20.1   12.0 ! 41.7  
100-199   3,900   53.4   72.9   31.2   13.6   29.2   14.0   6.0   31.8  
200-499   24,800   69.4   75.0   34.1   10.5   40.4   27.0   7.3   33.8  
500-749   16,700   72.9   69.6   32.5   12.2   43.8   28.4   10.5   37.7  
750-999   6,600   72.0   66.5   35.7   13.5   46.6   34.2   14.4   42.5  
1,000 or more   5,600   63.9   55.9   28.9   11.7   43.0   31.7   15.3   42.9  
                                       
Percent of K-12 students who were approved for free or reduced-price lunches                                      
0-34   16,700   68.2   76.3   31.0   11.5   35.5   23.1   7.7   31.2  
35-49   7,700   63.9   74.3   37.1   12.5   38.6   23.9   8.1   32.9  
50-74   12,600   67.0   70.9   34.4   9.7   39.8   25.4   9.4   36.6  
75 or more   20,400   67.6   64.7   33.3   13.1   49.2   34.1   12.1   42.2  
School did not participate in free or reduced-price lunch program   2,200   44.6   55.1   35.6   19.5   31.3   26.5   14.2   45.7  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
NOTE: A specialist works with students and a coach works with teachers. Coaching includes observing lessons, providing feedback, and demonstrating teaching strategies. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS), "Public School Data File," 2015–16.