Teacher Retention Survey

Published: 11-05-2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/sz26wc9k7z.1
Dr Melvin Woodard III,
Darian Foster,
AD Williams


Teacher Retention April 24, 2020 Topics: Teacher Perception, Teacher Retention, Teacher Dissatisfaction, Teacher Empowerment, Teaching Attitudes, Teacher Resilience To cement the reality that there are data-supported issues that exist beyond the teacher, which result in teacher attrition and dissatisfaction within the field of education, the following are a few statistics that have driven our resolve and fueled the need for solutions: “Roughly half a million US teachers leave the profession each year -- a turnover rate of over 20% [Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014]” (Aguilar, 2018). “Teacher attrition among first-year teachers has increased about 40% in the past two decades (Ingersoll, Merrill, and Stuckey, 2014). A range of factors , such as morale, accountability, expectations, and salaries, certainly contribute to the attrition problems, but stress and poor management of stressors are also rated as a top reason why teachers leave the profession (Carver-Thomas and Darling-Hammond, 2017)” (Aguilar, 2018). “The rate of attrition is roughly 50 percent higher in poor schools than in wealthier ones” (Alliance for Excellent Education). “This [teacher attrition] rate is much higher in urban areas, in secondary classrooms, and in hard-to-staff content areas such as special education, math, science, and foreign languages (Carver-Thomas and Darling-Hammond, 2017)” (Aguilar, 2018). “It is estimated that teacher turnover costs school districts upwards of $2.2 billion per year (Alliance for excellent education, 2014) and the cost of replacing a teacher in an urban district exceeds $20,000 per teacher (Carver-Thomas and Darling-Hammond, 2017). For site administrators, turnover rates may be comparable, particularly in urban areas, but the data is not systematically collected as it is for teacher attrition” (Aguilar, 2018). “Of the 3,377,900 public school teachers who were teaching during the 2011–12 school year, 84 percent remained at the same school ("stayers"), 8 percent moved to a different school ("movers"), and 8 percent left the profession ("leavers") during the following year” (National Center for Education Statistics, 2014). “Among public school teachers with 1–3 years of experience, 80 percent stayed in their base-year school, 13 percent moved to another school, and 7 percent left teaching in 2012–13” (National Center for Education Statistics, 2014). “Among public school teacher movers, 59 percent moved from one public school to another public school in the same district, 38 percent moved from one public school district to another public school district, and 3 percent moved from a public school to a private school between 2011–12 and 2012–13” (National Center for Education Statistics, 2014).