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Students’ Exposure To Out-of-Field Teachers

June 12, 2002 1 min read
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This table shows the change from 1987-88 to 1999-2000 in the percentage of middle and high school students taught by teachers who either lack certification and a college major in the subject they teach, or lack certification and a college major or minor in that subject.


MIDDLE GRADES HIGH SCHOOL GRADES
Neither major nor certification No major, minor, or certification Neither major nor certification No major, minor, or certification
Subject Field 1987- 1988 1999- 2000 1987- 1988 1999- 2000 1987- 1988 1999- 2000 1987- 1988 1999- 2000
English 64.6 58.3 19.5 17.4 38.2 29.8 13.0 5.6
Foreign language 60.7 13.8 47.6 11.1
Mathematics 69.9 68.5 17.2 21.9 37.4 31.4 11.1 8.6
Science 62.4 57.2 16.3 14.2 31.4 27.3 8.1 5.5
Biology/life science
70.0 64.2 32.9 28.8 47.7 44.7 9.3 9.7
Physical science
92.9 93.2 43.0 40.5 70.2 63.1 30.9 15.5
Chemistry
62.9 61.1 16.8 9.4
Geology/earth/ space science
83.2 78.6 50.9 36.3
Physics
81.6 66.5 40.3 17.0
Social science 48.3 51.1 12.7 13.3 33.7 27.9 7.5 5.9
History
67.5 71.0 15.2 11.5 62.1 62.5 13.0 8.4
ESL/bilingual education 80.5 72.9 41.2 36.1 88.7 70.8 54.4 31.1
Arts and music 15.1 15.0 2.0 2.5 15.7 19.6 3.3 5.0
Physical education 22.2 18.9 5.8 3.4 24.8 19.1 5.6 4.5

NOTE: A dash indicates that data were not available. Middle-level teachers include teachers who taught students in grades 5-9; high school teachers include all teachers who taught any of grades 10-12 as well as those who taught only 9th grade.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey

A version of this article appeared in the June 12, 2002 edition of Education Week as Students’ Exposure To Out-of-Field Teachers


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