Draft report: Teacher attrition slightly lower in 2020

From the Annual Report on The State of the Teaching Profession draft report:

The calculations show that out of the 94,410 teachers employed during the 2019-2020 school year, 7,111 teachers were reported as attrition (i.e., no longer working in a North Carolina public school in the 2019-20 school year), resulting in an overall state attrition rate of 7.53%. This state-level attrition rate is slightly less than the attrition rate of the 2017- 2018 reporting year of 8.1% or the 7.59% during the 2018-2019 reporting year. Generally, teachers in North Carolina are remaining in the classroom.

Most teachers leave the profession due to personal reasons.






Note: The original post pondered the effects of COVID-19 on the attrition rate, but I later recalled the data are collected each March.  It is not known if the 2019-2020 data captured any coronavirus-related attrition.

Terry Stoops / Vice President for Research and Director of Education Studies

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...

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