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ERIC Number: ED468740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 101
Abstractor: N/A
Qualifications of the Public School Teacher Workforce: Prevalence of Out-of-Field Teaching, 1987-88 to 1999-2000. Statistical Analysis Report.
Seastrom, Marilyn McMillen; Gruber, Kerry J.; Henke, Robin; McGrath, Daniel J.; Cohen, Benjamin A.
This study examined teacher qualifications and out-of-field teaching using National Center for Education Statistics' Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) data from 1988-00. It emphasized teachers without a major, minor, or certification in the subject taught and teachers without a major and certification in the subject taught. Overall, in middle school in 1999-00, 11-14 percent of students taking social science, history, and foreign languages, and 14-22 percent of students taking English, math, and science were in classes led by teachers without a major, minor, or certification. In high school in 1999-00, 5-10 percent of students in English, math, science, social science, arts and music, and physical education had teachers without these credentials. When examining teachers without a major or certification, out-of field teaching increased. About 6 out of 10 middle school students in English, foreign language, math, science, history, and ESL/bilingual education were taught by such teachers, while 6 out of 10 high school students in physical science, history, and ESL/bilingual education had these teachers. Middle schools had relatively fewer teachers with certification and in-field majors than high schools. Out-of-field teaching tended to decrease over time. Three appendixes present technical notes, detailed data tables, and standard error tables. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)