This Report Card lists the percentage of classroom teachers with 0-3, 4-10, and greater than 10 years of teaching experience in this district and the state. North Carolina credits teachers with an additional year of experience at the end of each school year. Teachers may be credited with experience for work outside of school but still related to their teaching assignment. For example, a chemistry teacher may be credited with additional years of experience for prior work as a chemist.
Look at the distribution of teaching experience in your school district. Are the majority of teachers new, very experienced, or are experience levels well balanced? Teaching experience is often associated with professional expertise, but it is best to consider these data in the context of additional information. By talking to district administrators, you may learn that many of the less experienced teachers in your district are the most active with students, or that they have the most current knowledge of educational research and new teaching practices. You might also want to learn more about the distribution of teaching experience in your district. Have a number of schools experienced a large number of faculty retirements in the last couple of years? Has your district opened new schools requiring a large number of new hires to staff those schools? Have any schools changed leadership accompanied by higher than average teacher turnover?
The district Report Card also allows you to compare the teaching experience of teachers in your school district with averages from schools with similar grade ranges at the state level. Use the state averages as reference points in reading district-level data. It would be a mistake to judge a district as "better" or "worse" based only on differences in these data. Be sure to discuss the differences you see with district or school administrators before drawing conclusions about your district's overall quality.
District and state averages are calculated based on schools with similar grade ranges. This table uses six grade level categories in order to provide you with the most accurate data for comparisons. Across the state, districts vary the way they split grade levels across schools. Schools might have standard grade level groupings (K-5, 6-8, 9-12), or they may have less common ones, like: K-12, K-8, 7-12, 4-5, 6-11, and 10-12. Since schools are different depending on the age of the children they serve, the categories in this table group schools with other schools "most like theirs." For additional information about how school grade levels are categorized see the Data Sources & Information Guide.
For technical information about when and how data on teacher experience are collected, see the Data Sources & Information Guide.