Va. Department of Education releases list of shortage in teaching areas

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — There’s a teacher shortage in most local school districts this year, and 10 On Your Side has learned, it’s not just about the numbers.

The Virginia Department of Education just released information that shows the types of educators in high demand. 10 On Your Side’s Anita Blanton called several districts in Hampton Roads to see how their hiring has been going over the summer. Most of them are confident that they’re in good shape going into the new year. But there are a few areas that are causing some concern locally and statewide.

Here’s the Virginia Department of Education’s new top ten list of Critical Shortage Teaching Areas:

  1. Special Education
  2. Elementary Education PreK-6
  3. Middle Education Grades 6-8
  4. Career and Technical Education
  5. Mathematics Grades 6-12 (including Algebra 1)
  6. School Counselor PreK-12
  7. Foreign Languages PreK-12
  8. English (Secondary)
  9. Health and Physical Education PreK-12
  10. History and Social Science (Secondary)

All of the information came from an annual survey of school divisions. The rankings are based on the total number of teaching positions that are unfilled, teaching positions that are filled by provisionally licensed teachers and data on positions that are filled by teachers who are licensed to teach but who are teaching in academic subject areas other than their area of preparation.

The Department of Education is required to report critical teaching shortage areas to the General Assembly annually. 10 On Your Side contacted local school officials, but no one had a clear answer on why the subjects above have become so hard to fill.

If you have specific concerns you’d like 10 On Your Side to look into as the new school year begins make sure to tell us via ReportIt@WAVY.com 

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