ERIC Number: ED389148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May-26
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The Attrition Picture: Lessons from Three Research Projects. Working Paper #3.
Pyecha, John; Levine, Roger
This paper summarizes findings of three special research projects on special education teacher attrition rates. An introductory section describes the purposes of the federally funded projects, identifies the institutions and school districts involved, and notes the varying availability of attrition rates from 1987 through 1993 in the five data bases involved. Following a discussion of a general definition of "leavers" and study limitations, the attrition rates for the districts involved are presented and discussed. Characteristics of the exited special education teachers are then examined. Some of the studies' findings include the following: there was a tendency toward increased attrition rates over the time period evaluated; relatively similar exit rates were found for the six districts involved; attrition rates were substantially below previously reported figures; data from a California database suggest an average annual attrition rate of 24.2 percent for special educators, however the 6 districts in this study had only a 9.1 percent average attrition rate; the mean age of leavers in the studies ranged from 36 to 39 years; most leavers who remained in their districts transferred to general education teaching positions; and most leavers who left their districts either retired or continued teaching special education. Attached exhibits present details of the findings for each of the six school districts involved in the studies. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: In: National Dissemination Forum on Issues Relating to Special Education Teacher Satisfaction, Retention and Attrition (Washington, DC, May 25-26, 1995); see EC 304 434.