Teacher Attrition at K-12 Schools in the United States

A new study from the U.S. Department of Education looks at teacher attrition at the nation’s public schools.

Among public school teachers who were teaching during the 2020–21 school year, 84 percent remained at the same school during the 2021–22 school year (“stayers”), 8 percent moved to a different school (“movers”), and 8 percent left the teaching profession (“leavers”). Some 80.4 percent of Black teachers were stayers, 8.9 percent were movers, and 10.7 percent were leavers. Thus, one of every nine Black teachers left the public schools between 2021 and 2022.

Among private school teachers who were teaching during the 2020–21 school year, 82 percent remained at the same school during the 2021–22 school year (“stayers”),
6 percent moved to a different school (“movers”), and 11.7 percent left the teaching profession (“leavers”). Some 83.5 percent of Black teachers at private schools were stayers, 7.3 percent were movers, and 9.2 percent were leavers.

Thus, while Black teachers at public schools were more likely than their peers to leave the profession, Black teachers at private schools were less likely than their peers to leave the teaching profession.

 

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