ERIC Number: ED237315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Supply and Demand for Illinois Mathematics and Science Teachers.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
This report focuses on the supply/demand of mathematics/science (M/S) teachers in Illinois, evaluating four major assumptions made about these teachers. Each assumption is identified and examined in terms of whether the Illinois data support/reject the assumption. These assumptions are: (1) Supply of M/S teachers is insufficient to meet demand; (2) Turnover rate is higher for M/S teachers, and these teachers leave the profession to take jobs in private industry; (3) As a result of the critical shortage of M/S teachers, schools have vacancies; (4) Shortage of M/S teachers has resulted in local district administrators using minimally/poorly trained personnel to fill teaching positions. Analyses indicate that the shortage in Illinois is moderate and that turnover rates for M/S teachers are lower than the average turnover rate for all teachers. Of those mathematics teachers who leave, approximately one-fifth resign to take different employment. Data do not show that physics, chemistry, or higher-level mathematics teachers leave teaching at a greater rate than other M/S teachers. Furthermore, information obtained does not support the belief that there are many vacant M/S positions. Lastly, the quality of staff used to fill M/S positions is not known but it can be assumed that persons hired have valid teaching certificates. (JN)
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, State Surveys, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.