Teacher Preparation Data Tool

This page of the TQ Center interactive data tool allows you to extract information about teacher preparation and build graphs to compare results across the nation, among regions, states, and other characteristics. TQ Center teacher preparation data are based on the 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

After you click on a question below, the next page will prompt you to choose the information you wish to show in your comparisons. Your choices will then generate a customized graph.

1. What do we know about teachers' gender and ethnicity?
  This question builds graphs for teachers' racial/ethnic background and gender.
 
2. What degrees do teachers have?
  This question builds graphs by degrees earned and disaggregates the results by location and gender or ethnicity.
 
3. How long did new teachers practice teaching before becoming a full-time teacher?
  This question builds graphs that show how many weeks new teachers spent in the classroom prior to their first teaching position. "New" teachers are those in their first, second, or third year of teaching at the time the SASS survey was administered in 2007-08.
 
4. In their first year of teaching, how well prepared were new teachers to handle a range of classroom management or discipline situations?
  This question only uses data for new teachers—those in their first, second, or third year of teaching at the time of the SASS survey in 2007-08. This question allows you to group your results by gender or by ethnicity.
 
5. In their first year of teaching, how well prepared were new teachers to select and adapt curriculum and instructional materials?
  This question only uses data for new teachers—those in their first, second, or third year of teaching at the time of the SASS survey in 2007-08. This question allows you to group your results by gender or by ethnicity.
 
6. In their first year of teaching, how well prepared were new teachers to assess students?
  This question only uses data for new teachers—those in their first, second, or third year of teaching at the time of the SASS survey in 2007-08. This question allows you to group your results by gender or by ethnicity.
 
7. In their first year of teaching, how many new teachers participated in a teacher induction program?
  This question only uses data for new teachers—those in their first, second, or third year of teaching at the time of the SASS survey in 2007-08. Users can disaggregate results by gender and data are presented by gender and ethnicity.

Over 47,000 U.S. public school teachers completed the SASS teacher survey in the 2007–08 school year. SASS uses a complex stratified sampling design to report accurately for the nation and for each state at an affordable cost. But, SASS is not a census; it does not count every teacher. Therefore, the numbers and percentages SASS reports are estimates of what a census would tell us. Like all surveys, SASS estimates have a margin of error. The TQ Center data section facilitates the exploration of these rich data, nationally, by region, and for each state. The TQ Center always show the margins of error of each estimate.