Rural school districts are more likely to have beginning teachers than districts in small to midsize cities or suburbs, a study has found.
The report notes that research has shown that beginning teachers, defined in this report as those in their first or second year in the classroom, usually are less effective than their more experienced colleagues.
But the percentage of new teachers in rural districts, at 9.7 percent, was still lower than that for districts in large cities (11 percent) and remote towns (9.8 percent).
The report was published by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.
A version of this article appeared in the August 22, 2012 edition of Education Week as Rural Teachers