A Closer Look at Arizona Teacher Exodus

Reader Jack Covey read the report on teacher attrition in Arizona. Conclusion: Arizona better start thinking about the future of its schools. Too many teachers are leaving:

He writes:

“I’m looking at the survey questions / data from this study on teacher attrition in Arizona:

http://www.azed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/err-initial-report-final.pdf

“Here’s a shocker (on p. 29 of the Appendix):

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“Question 14: In general, educators who were recruited out of Arizona typically remain in a district / charter school…

“ANSWER

…………………………………RESPONSES

CHOICES

“A) 0 – 2 years ……………………………. 40.94 %

“B) 3 – 5 years ……………………………. 48.32 %

“C) more than 5 years ………………….. 10.74 %

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“Holy sh%& !

“That’s an attrition rate of 41% leaving at 2 years or less. (i.e. more than 4-out-of-ten, more than 40-out-of-100)

“and

“an attrition rate of 89.26 % (9-out-of-10, or 90-out-of-100) leaving at 5 years or less … i.e. combined number of those leaving 0 – 2 years AND 3-5 years;

“That’s just staggering.

“It must just flat out suck to work as a teacher in that state.

“Also, keep in mind that 31 schools surveyed refused to answer this question, with 149 answering. One can presume that many or all of those schools among the “31” did not have promising answers to that question that they wished to share.”

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