The teacher turnover rate averaged 14.12 percent statewide, down just slightly from 2012-13. But some local districts saw an alarming level of teachers leaving the profession.
Washington County saw more than 34% of its teachers leave, followed by Weldon City
(33%) Halifax (31%) and Northampton (28%). Districts with the lowest amount of turnover included Clay County (6%) , Camden County (6.45%), and Graham County Schools (6.67%).
The self-reported reasons for leaving the profession could be placed in one of five categories:
* Teachers who left for personal reasons: 5,030 responses This includes teachers who resigned due to a career change, family circumstances, health issues, to teach in another state, dissatisfaction with teaching, seeking a career change or decided to retire with reduced benefits.
* Teachers who left the district but remained in education: 4,093 responses This includes teachers who resigned to teach in another district, charter school or non-public school, or moved to a non-teaching position within the district or at another district or agency.
* Teachers who left for reasons beyond district control: 2,353 responses This includes teachers who retired with full benefits, moved due to military orders, resigned because their Visiting International Faculty term or Teach for America term expired, or left due to reduction in force.
* Teachers who were terminated by the local school district: 1,123 responses This includes teachers who resigned in lieu of non-renewal or dismissal, did not obtain or maintain their license, were not rehired when their probationary contract ended or were dismissed.
* Teachers who left for other reasons: 958 responses This includes teachers who either resigned for reasons not listed in the survey or did not give a reason.
State Superintendent June Atkinson said in addressing the turnover rate the state cannot ignore the importance of classroom support:
“A number of the reasons why teachers leave their district or the profession can be addressed by just giving their profession the respect it deserves. We have high expectations for teachers and their pay and classroom support need to reflect that,” Atkinson said.
To read the draft report and see local figures on teacher turnover, click here.