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Teacher Preparation and Experience
In Louisiana

An analysis of teacher preparation, credentials, and novice teaching in Louisiana shows that in the state's highest-poverty secondary schools, the majority of secondary students have at least one teacher without even a minor in their subject area. Compared with secondary teachers statewide, twice as many teachers in high-poverty secondary schools have less than three years of teaching experience.

SOURCE: Special analysis of National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (1999-2000) for Education Week by Richard M. Ingersoll, University of Pennsylvania, 2002

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