Beginning Teacher Characteristics

Beginning K-12 Teacher Characteristics and Preparation by School Type, 2009

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Released October 2012. Research on academic achievement has demonstrated the important role that teachers play in improving student outcomes and has also revealed wide variation in teachers’ qualifications and experiences across schools. These Web Tables present estimates for the demographic characteristics and teaching preparation, including undergraduate course taking and certification, of 2007–08 baccalaureate degree recipients who taught at the K–12 level within a year of completing their bachelor’s degree. Teachers’ characteristics are shown both in comparison with nonteachers and by selected characteristics of the schools in which they were teaching or had most recently taught at the time of the 2009 interview. The data used in the analysis are from the 2009 first follow-up of the 2008 Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study, a nationally representative sample of 2007–08 bachelor’s degree recipients who were first interviewed just before graduation and again one year later.

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