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This report presents an analysis of factors that affect the supply of and demand for elementary and secondary school teachers. This analysis was undertaken to provide a framework for redesigning the U.S. Department of Education’s data system to monitor the status of teachers over the next several years. The major components of the system are the Schools and Staffing Surveys, several linked surveys of school districts, schools, principals, teachers, and former teachers that will be fielded, beginning in 1988, by the Center for Education Statistics. The authors review the current state of knowledge of the teacher workforce and school staffing practices; examine extant databases; and discuss the data requirements, survey options, and practical considerations that were weighed in prescribing the content and data-gathering procedures for the Schools and Staffing Surveys.

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