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Teacher attrition rate decreased last year

The 2016-17 State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina will be discussed by the State Board of Education today.  The N.C. Department of Public Instruction posted the report this morning.

All 115 LEAs reported their district-level employment data this year. The calculations show that out of the 94,792 teachers employed during the 2015-2016 school year, 8,201 teachers were reported as attrition (i.e., no longer working in a North Carolina public school), resulting in an overall state attrition rate of 8.65%. This state-level attrition rate is slightly less than the attrition rate of the 2015-2016 reporting year of 9.04%. Generally, teachers in North Carolina are remaining in the classroom.

Note that the 8.65 percent figure does not include teachers who resigned to teach in another North Carolina public school (4.8 percent).

Moreover, the teachers who leave are less effective than those who remain.

On average, teachers who leave employment with the state have lower teaching effectiveness (as measured by EVAAS index scores) than their counterparts who remain employed in NC public schools. This relationship holds true when departing teaches are compared with remaining teachers in terms of years of teaching experience.

Why did they leave?  The chart below gives us some idea.

Terry Stoops / Director of the Center for Effective Education | John Locke Foundation

Terry Stoops is the Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the progra...