ERIC Number: ED461641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Supply and Demand in Tennessee.
This report presents data on Tennessee's teaching workforce. There has been a recent increase in the percentage of new, inexperienced teachers hired in Tennessee. While there was no change in teacher turnover in recent years, the loss of new teachers became more serious throughout the 1990s. Lack of teacher and administrator diversity remained a problem throughout the 1990s, though the percentage of African American teachers increased by 3 percent each year from 1997-99. Every year, about three-fourths of new graduates hired to teach came from Tennessee colleges and universities. There was little diversity in Tennessee's teacher education program graduates. More new graduates were being hired for Tennessee's classrooms in the new millennium than in the early 1990s. Most preservice programs prepared many more teachers for elementary than secondary education, and there was a shortage of mathematics and science teachers. For some subjects, Tennessee's reserve pool (licensed teachers who are not teaching) is very small. Teacher supply varies by subject matter and geographic area within the state. The demand for teachers is very uneven across the state. Factors influencing teacher demand include student enrollment trends, standards for student-to-teacher ratios, and state efforts to reduce class size. (SM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Diversity (Faculty), Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment Trends, Higher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Selection, Teacher Supply and Demand
Southern Regional Education Board, 592 10th Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211. Web site: http://www.sreb.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee