WASHINGTON (AP) -- One day soon you may find that your child's seventh-grade biology teacher majored in economics -- and that English teacher, she may be pining to teach French.
As public middle- and high-school students head back to class over the coming weeks, a new report suggests that it's likely they'll have at least one course taught by a teacher trained in another subject. One in four classes is taught by such a teacher, according to The Education Trust, a Washington organization that advocates for urban and minority students.
The group, which issued the report Wednesday, said the problem is much worse in schools that serve poor and minority students.
"It's clear that administrators have yet to get the message that they have to stop assigning teachers out of field," said Craig Jerald, an Education Trust senior policy analyst. "Sure, shortages make it more difficult to tackle this problem, but there's good evidence that a lot of this is under our control."
The report said the problem hasn't improved since 1993. Jerald cited "administrative sloppiness and carelessness" as a major cause.
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