Share of teachers who stay, leave the school, or quit the profession, by share of low-income students taught

Teaching at same school Left the school but in teaching Left teaching
Total 86.2% 6.5%  7.3%
Low-poverty schools 88.1% 5.7% 6.2%
High-poverty schools 84.6% 7.1%  8.2%

Note: Data are for teachers in public noncharter schools in the 2011–2012 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). In the 2012–2013 Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), principals were asked about the teachers’ status the year after SASS was administered. Teaching status is coded from the perspective of whether teachers are generating a vacancy in the school the year after the SASS. Teachers who stay at the same school are teachers whose status the year after is “Teaching in this school.” Teachers who left teaching are those who generated a vacancy and are not in the profession (left teaching, on long-term leave, or deceased). Teachers who generated a vacancy in the school year but are in the profession (teaching in another school or are on short-term leave and returning to the school) are in the "left the school but teaching" category.

Source: 2011–2012 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and 2012–2013 Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) microdata from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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