New Department of Education Report Provides Gender Data on the Nation’s Teachers

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education offers detailed data on public school teachers in the United States.

According to the report, in the 2015–16 school year, there were an estimated 3,827,100 teachers in public elementary and secondary schools in the United States. About 3,608,600 taught in traditional public schools and about 218,500 taught in charter schools. More than 76 percent of all teachers in the 2015-16 school year were women.

Women were 89.5 percent of the elementary school teachers, 72.5 percent of the middle school teachers, and 58.9 percent of the high school teachers.

The full 50-page report, Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2015-16 National Teacher and Principal Survey, may be downloaded here.

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