Amid the welter of budget numbers, test scores, and NCLB-compliance percentages sloshing through school hallways this time of year, several stand out as vital statistics for career-minded teachers. Additional statistics, as well as the sources for the figures below, are available at www.teachermagazine.org/vitalstats.
Average number of hours each week that public school teachers spend on noncompensated, school-related activities: 12
Approximate percentage of public school teachers who are African American males: 2.4
Approximate percentage of schools in the United States with no teachers of color: 40
Percentage of teachers who say that recent professional development made little difference in their performance: 50
Percentage of teachers who say that standardized tests are a seriously flawed measure of true student achievement: 53
Number of teachers with National Board certification: 47,356
Vol. 17, Issue 05, Page 10Published in Print: March 1, 2006, as Prime Numbers