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2009-2010 Rankings & Estimates Report: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When did the NEA begin collecting financial data on schools? 
A.  1942-43.

Q. How many years has this report been released? 
A.  The NEA first published statistical data on schools in 1942-43. The NEA began publishing the Rankings report in the 1960s. The Estimates report is in its 65th year with the current 2009-2010 issue. The NEA combined the Rankings and Estimates reports in 1999 with the publication of Rankings & Estimates: Rankings of the States 1999 and Estimates of School Statistics 2000.

Q. What year(s) does the data in the report reflect?
A.  The Rankings portion of the report ranks information for the 2008-09 school year. Other governmental data is for 2005-06. The Estimates potion of the report provides estimated information for 2009-2010.

Q. How is the information/data collected; where do you get your numbers? 
A.  The NEA surveys state departments of education (DOEs) twice annually for updated information. Other information is collected from federal government sources. The NEA has a contact person in each state department of education who receives and may respond to our surveys. They report new or revised information using a dedicated data collection webpage provided by the NEA. We ask these contacts to review 5 years of data with each survey. We ask our NEA state affiliates to review state DOE submissions for the report prior to publication. Since not all states participate in the surveys, we estimate missing information using historical data files and statistical procedures. In the Rankings tables, asterisks indicate estimated values.

Q. Why do some of the numbers have asterisks?
A.  Since all states do not respond to our data requests or may not have data readily available, we estimate data for the non-respondents using mathematical models.

Q. Does the NEA collect data on beginning teacher salaries?
A.  The NEA has added the beginning salary question to its annual Rankings & Estimates survey. This variable is not yet part of the annual report.

Q. Are teacher aides counted as teachers?
A.  The teacher count does not include teacher aides. Part-time and full-time teachers are counted in the teacher fulltime equivalent (FTE) total.

Q. Does the NEA collect or plan to collect data on public school administrator pay?
A. There are no plans to collect or publish data on public school administrator pay.

Q. Why are teacher salaries so important and where can I find information on the NEA professional pay campaign?
A.  Teacher quality is important to student performance and teacher pay is important to attracting and retaining a quality teacher workforce! Explore these links for information on the NEA campaign to attract and retain a quality teaching workforce through improvements in the teacher pay: &

Q. What is the male-female breakdown on teachers?
A.  Typically 25% male, less in the southeast.

Q. What's NOT included in the teacher salary number?
A.  The teacher salary number does not include payments for duties beyond teaching, such as coaching, sponsoring a club—extra duty pay.



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