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Classroom Context: Teachers' Highest Degree


As part of the 2011 mathematics assessment, teachers of fourth- and eighth-graders were asked about the highest academic degree they held. The full text of the question and corresponding data charts and tables are provided below.

What is the highest academic degree you hold?

A. High school diploma
B. Associate's degree/vocational certification
C. Bachelor's degree
D. Master's degree
E. Education specialist's or professional diploma based on at least one year's work past master's degree
F. Doctorate
G. Professional degree (e.g., M.D., LL.B., J.D., D.D.S.)

Grade 4
Grade 8

In 2011, a lower percentage of students from lower-income families (those who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program) had teachers with master's degrees than their peers who were not eligible for free/reduced price lunch. Use the tabs below to view the percentages by the student groups shown. Click chart options below the chart to explore average scores or make comparisons of your choice.


See results for this contextual variable by the new 2011 race/ethnicity categories in the NAEP Data Explorer.

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