30% of our teachers quit within the first 2 years. Teachers nationwide are leaving their profession too soon due to the challenges of the classroom, and not enough new teachers are taking their place. What does this mean for our children? What is being done to lower the attrition rate of new teachers? Let’s take a look at the problem and what is being done to remedy it.
Percentage of teachers who leave their profession:
It can take 11 hires to find that 1 great teacher.
The average cost to replace a teacher is $12,500.
Annual mean wages:
Due to budget cuts and limited resources, about 71% of teachers said they bring their own supplies to school.
Finding good teachers takes time, but it’s possible. We can encourage teachers to stay in their classrooms. With their bounding enthusiasm and interest in making a difference, new teachers just need a little extra support.
Out of the 28 states that have state-level teacher induction programs, only 10 of those provide funding as well as the tools needed for mandating them.
Turnover rates of first-year teachers according to support programs:
With the growing recognition of teacher attrition being one of the greatest challenges to U.S. schools, attempts to retain great teachers are multiplying in approach and impact, thankfully paving the way to a future in which our best teachers stay where they belong: in the classroom.
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