- The national cost of public school teacher turnover could be over $7.3 billion a year.
- Teacher attrition has grown by 50 percent over the past fifteen years.
- The national teacher turnover rate has risen to 16.8 percent. In urban schools it is over 20 percent, and, in some schools and districts, the teacher dropout rate is actually higher than the student dropout rate.
- The problem is most acute in the nation’s high minority, high poverty, and low performing schools. Because 46% of all new teachers in the United States leave the profession within five years, NCTAF says leaders of at-risk schools are in a constant cycle of rebuilding their staff.
I'm not forgetting that most teachers leave the profession because of a perceived lack of administrative support and working conditions. If those can somehow be addressed in a way that makes sense for all stakeholders, it needs to happen. Perhaps tying it in with NCLB would be a forum for doing so.