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Teacher Pipeline

By Catherine Gewertz — July 19, 2016 1 min read

High school students are getting less and less interested in becoming teachers, a trend that’s picking up speed at an “alarming” rate, ACT Inc. said this month.

An ACT survey of 1.9 million high school graduates who took its college-entrance exam shows that in the class of 2015, only 4 percent said they planned to become teachers, counselors, or administrators. In 2014, 5 percent said they had such plans, and in 2010, 7 percent did. Twenty years ago, that figure was 9 percent.

ACT also found a continuation of another disturbing trend: The students who plan to become educators are lower-than-average achievers as measured by their scores on its college-readiness benchmarks.

A version of this article appeared in the July 20, 2016 edition of Education Week as Teacher Pipeline

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