Reason For High Teacher Turnover Rate

By Kelly McLaughlin

Educators are seeing record high turnover in their schools in recent years.

More than 40% of teachers leave the profession within five years, according to the National Education Association, leaving teacher shortages across the country.

Turnover is highest in the South and lowest in the Northwest, the Learning Policy Institute found in a 2016 study.

The LPI study found that turnover rates are higher for teachers in schools serving large concentrations of students of color. And teachers with alternative certifications, including those who get emergency certified instead of going through a college certification, are 25% more likely to leave their schools than other educators.

The Learning Policy Institute suggests reasons teachers leave include lack of administrative support, low salaries, accountability pressures, working conditions, and lack of advancement.

INSIDER spoke to teachers around the country to find out why they think their colleagues are leaving the industry.

Teacher burnout is real

Rhiannon Wenning, a community site coordinator at a high-poverty junior and senior high school in Jefferson County, Colorado, said teachers often get burnt out because they find the bureaucracy of the educational system exhausting.

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