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ERIC Number: ED163589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Teacher and Administrator Shortages in Public School Systems, Fall 1977. Fast Response Survey System Report No. 4.
National Center for Educational Statistics (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Westat Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Although the United States now has a surplus of 80,000 to 90,000 newly qualified teachers, a few districts have shortages of teachers and administrators. This study attempted to collect information on teacher and administrator shortages. Questionnaires were sent to a sample of 600 Local Education Agencies. Return rate was 90 percent. Results indicated that an estimated total of 9,200 teacher positions could not be filled in the fall of 1977 due to a lack of qualified candidates. The largest number of shortages occurred in special education, particularly for teachers of the learning disabled. Other fields with large shortages included bilingual education and mathematics. Teaching of the learning disabled was mentioned most often (by about 1,200 districts) as an anticipated growth field in the next five years. Other leading fields of expected increasing demand were teaching of the gifted and talented, industrial arts, natural and physical sciences, mathematics, and agriculture. In the fall of 1977, an estimated 12,000 administrators were hired. Of the nation's 15,000 school districts, only an estimated 160 had administrative positions that could not be filled with qualified candidates. The total number of administrator shortages was about 200. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Statistics (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.; Westat Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.
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