Did you know that 55 percent of new teachers hired by the Oakland school district are out the door within three years? (Nationally the rate is pretty high, too, with half of new teachers quitting within five years.)
Here is a spreadsheet listing the teacher attrition rates, by school, during the 2007-08 year. I sorted them from highest to lowest. Some are phenomenally high.
Wonder why people leave? OUSD did. They surveyed teachers to rate the level of frustration associated with various aspects of their jobs, from central office responsiveness to parent support.
Teachers also shared the factors that might compel them to stay put: less of an after-hours workload; more preparation time, and better communication and response from the central office.
Students, you’re up there too. If you want your teacher to stick around, bring them an apple or something.
One of the sections of the report that caught my eye was on page 29:
In our elementary school cluster there are clear relationships between experienced teacher rates and either low poverty rates or high performance. In our middle and high school clusters, the relationship between experienced teacher rates and poverty rates is much harder to ascertain because almost all of the schools are high poverty. There also doesn’t appear to be a clear relationship to academic performance either.
The report is brimming with data and interesting tidbits of information; I just scratched the surface. You can see it for yourself, here.
Alex Gronke wrote about the topic this week in The Oakbook. You can see his piece, “OUSD’s War on Attrition,” here.
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