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Number of states that sponsor scholarship or loan-forgiveness programs for prospective teachers:
27


Average scholarship or loan-forgiveness:
$5,000


States that spend the most on such financial incentives for would-be teachers:
California, $12.7 million
North Carolina, $11.6 million
Mississippi, $9.1 million


States that gave financial incentives to the largest number of teacher candidates last year:
Louisiana, 6,034
California, 4,512
Florida, 4,088


States that offer signing bonuses to highly qualified teachers:
Maryland, $1,000
Massachusetts, $20,000


Number of states that sponsor scholarship or loan-forgiveness programs for prospective teachers willing to work in disadvantaged schools:
10


Number of states that target scholarship or loan-forgiveness programs for minority teaching candidates:
10


Number of states that sponsor scholarship or loan-forgiveness programs for prospective teachers who have done well in college:
11


Number of states that have a program to recruit would-be teachers in high schools:
12


Number of states that hold a job fair for teachers:
8


Number of states that post teaching-job openings online:
27


State that requires the most student teaching:
Maryland, 30 hours


States that don't require student teaching:
California
Colorado
Delaware
Idaho
Kansas
New Hampshire
New York
Washington
Wyoming


States that don't test teachers:
Idaho
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota
Utah
Vermont
Washington
Wyoming


Number of states that require and fund programs to support beginning teachers:
10


States that spend the most on programs to support new teachers:
California, $72 million
Maryland, $12 million
North Carolina, $10 million


Number of states that pay veteran teachers to be mentors to younger teachers:
12


States that pay the biggest stipends to these mentors:
Kentucky and North Carolina, $1,000


State that requires parents be notified if their child has an out-of-field teacher:
Florida


Number of states that have policies to discourage out-of-field teaching:
17


State with the highest percentage of secondary school teachers holding a degree in the subject they teach:
Minnesota, 81 percent


State with the lowest percentage of secondary school teachers holding a degree in the subject they teach:
Louisiana, 50 percent


State with the highest percentage of English teachers whose college major was not English:
Oregon, 39 percent


State with the highest percentage of secondary math teachers whose college major was not math:
Idaho, 54 percent


States with the highest percentage of secondary social studies teachers whose college major was not social studies:
New Mexico and South Dakota, 40 percent


States with the highest percentage of secondary science teachers whose college major was not science:
Florida and Tennessee, 48 percent


State with the most nationally certified teachers:
North Carolina, 1,262


States with the fewest nationally certified teachers:
Nevada and Oregon, 0


State with the highest average teacher salary (1998 figure, adjusted for cost of living):
Michigan, $51,067


State with the lowest average teacher salary (1998 figure, adjusted for cost of living):
Hawaii, $28,152

Vol. 11, Issue 6, Pages 23-25

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