NYSSBA report identifies areas of teacher shortages in New York
FOR RELEASE: May 24, 2017
CONTACT: David Albert
Despite numerous warnings of widespread teacher shortages, a new report from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) finds teacher shortages in New York are generally confined to a handful of subjects and geographic regions.
"What we found was that teacher shortages in New York exist largely in such hard-to-staff subjects as science, math, special education, English as a second language, bilingual education, foreign languages and technology," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. "We also found that shortages aren't necessarily widespread across the state, but are found mostly in New York City and in smaller, more rural locales."
The report, entitled "Teacher Shortage? What Teacher Shortage?" also found that in subjects and areas where shortages do exist, the lack of qualified teachers appears to be more of a mismatch between the types of teachers coming out of teacher preparation programs and the kinds of teachers most in demand by schools. For example, a study by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that in 2012-13, New York had a supply of 6,119 new elementary teachers but only 2,470 openings.
"New York appears to have an overabundance of teachers in subjects with the least demand, such as elementary education, but the fields in which they are most needed are in areas such as science, math, special education and English as a second language," said Kremer.
NYSSBA drew its conclusions from three sources of data: annual teacher shortage data from the U.S. Department of Education, a NYSSBA analysis of data regarding teachers without certification and a survey of school districts across the state.
The report highlighted a number of recommendations that could be undertaken at both the state and local levels to mitigate any shortages. These include:
To read the report, go to http://www.nyssba.org/news/2017/05/23/reports/teacher-shortage-what-teacher-shortage/