What the Numbers Tell Us About U.S. Teachers


– For the first time in four years, the Federal Government released data on the American teaching force. Here’s some of what we learned. There are about 3.8 million
public school teachers in the US, that’s around 400,000 more than the last time the education measured. The average US teacher is White, female and has about 14 years of experience. She’s 42 years old and she
earns about $55,000 a year. On an average week, she puts in about 53 hours of school related work. Looking nationally, the teaching force has a long way to go
in terms of diversity. 80% of teachers are
White, 9% are Hispanic, 7% are Black and 2% are Asian. These teachers are working
with the student population that looks really
different from themselves. These days, White students
are actually in the minority. There are more Black,
Asian and Hispanic students than White students in Public schools. There are some signs that the teaching force is getting more diverse. Four years ago, 82% of
teachers were White, so that’s gone down a
bit and the percentage of Hispanic teachers has gone
up as well, from 8 to 9%. Gender diversity though,
that’s gotten a little worse. 77% of teachers are women, in
the last survey it was 76%. We also learned a bit
about the differences between charter school
teachers and traditional public school teachers in the survey and the differences
are pretty significant. As you may know, charter schools receive public dollars, so they’re considered public schools as well. But they can be run by for
profit or non-profit entities rather than the school district. So they have a little more leeway than traditional public schools do. About 6% of teachers
work in charter schools were about 200,000 of
the 3.8 million teachers. These teachers tend to be
a little less experienced than their peers in
traditional public schools, they have about an average of 10 years of teaching under their belts, versus 14. Charter school teachers
are much less likely to have a masters degree than traditional public school teachers and charter school teachers
are a little bit more diverse than their traditional
public school peers. 14% of charter school
teachers are Hispanic versus 9% of traditional
public school teachers. 9% are Black and 71% are White. However, charter schools
tend to be located in cities so it makes sense that their demographics would look a little bit different than the rest of schools naturally. The survey was recently redesigned, so the results will be out
in two years instead of four.

2 thoughts on “What the Numbers Tell Us About U.S. Teachers”

  1. Why not mention how charter school students outperform public school students by wide margins in almost every category? Must be teacher's union money behind this video.

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