ERIC Number: ED359252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Shortages: Results of the Teacher Demand and Shortage Survey for Public Schools, 1987-88. E.D. TABS.
Ancarrow, Janice S.
Teacher supply and demand are critical policy areas for planning, program funding, and teacher training. Shortages of minority teachers are especially acute, as are shortages in special education. To inform policy decisions at all levels of government, the National Center for Education Statistics collected data during school year 1987-88 through its Schools and Staffing Survey, Teacher Demand and Shortage Survey for Public Schools. Results of that survey are presented and discussed. Of the 2.5 million teachers teaching the nation's approximately 40.3 million public school students, about 86 percent were white. The average student to teacher ratio was 16:1. The highest student to teacher ratios within the same racial/ethnic group occurred among Asian Americans and Hispanics. The largest percentage of minority students attend school in the South, and, by size of school district, minority students are overrepresented in large school districts. Minority teachers are underrepresented in the Northeast and North Central regions, but overrepresented in the South and in large school districts. A total of 1,970 public school districts offered pay incentives to recruit or retain teachers in shortage fields, and free retraining to teach in shortage fields was offered by 5,084 public school districts. Technical notes about the survey methodology are presented in a separate section. Eight tables present survey findings, and the 29-item survey questionnaire is included as an appendix. (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Teachers, Educational Policy, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Minority Group Teachers, National Surveys, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, Research Methodology, School District Size, School Surveys, Secondary School Teachers, Special Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Student Ratio, Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)