ERIC Number: ED450097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Finding Teachers: How Hard Is It for Michigan Public School Districts. A 1999 Benchmark.
Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.
This report reviews the situation public school districts encountered in recruiting teachers for the 1999-2000 school year. Data come from staffing surveys completed by administrators within 216 public school districts. Level of difficulty in finding teachers depended on type of teacher being sought. Elementary, social sciences, and language arts teachers were the easiest to find, and high school science and technology related positions were the most difficult. The high school labor market was tighter than the middle and elementary school markets. Average starting salaries for new teachers were approximately $29,000. Retirement was expected to make a significant impact on 63 percent of districts, with 25 percent of teachers poised to retire in the next 5 years. Districts tended to look for teachers with 2-5 years of experience before new teachers. Districts preferred a mix of about 50 percent new and 50 percent experienced teachers when filling yearly vacancies. New teachers were perceived to be well prepared in pedagogy and curriculum, comfortable using computers, and able to recognize differences in student learning styles. However, there was concern about their understanding of state standards and assessment, integrating computer resources into teaching strategies, and awareness of connections between education and careers. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Retirement, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching Experience
Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University, 113 Student Services Building, East Lansing, MI 48824.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Collegiate Employment Research Inst.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan