ERIC Number: ED415211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Supply and Demand of Educational Personnel for Wisconsin Public Schools. An Examination of Data Trends, 1997.
This report presents 1997 supply and demand information about Wisconsin Public School educational personnel using Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) data. The analysis found a large supply of teachers in most subjects. The largest number of new licenses was in fields that already had surplus educators. The number of teachers prepared in special education exceeded 800 for the first time since 1980-1981. There was a continuing decline in numbers of newly hired teachers. Attrition rates for 1995-1996 were 6.5 percent for general education and 8.4 percent for special education. Pupil enrollment trends, changes in retirement guidelines, shifting economic trends, and changes in pupil-teacher ratios affected teacher demand. Numbers of available educators exceeded demand in most fields. The percentage of candidates who found positions in Wisconsin Public Schools was slightly higher for most special education fields. Most emergency licensing was in special education. During 1996-1997, there was a 4-percent overall decrease from the previous year in teacher employability in most fields. Fields with excellent employment prospects included: emotional disturbance, speech and language pathology, and technology education. The report recommends that colleges and universities help prospective educators understand these issues as they make career choices. Four appendixes present: (1) Wisconsin DPI license codes, (2) a survey letter sent to district administrators, (3) a survey form sent to district administrators, and (4) comments from district administrators. (Contains 2 figures and 11 tables.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin