ERIC Number: ED335411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Characteristics of Stayers, Movers, and Leavers: Results from the Teacher Followup Survey, 1988-89. E.D. Tabs.
Bobbitt, Sharon A.; And Others
Eighteen tables on characteristics of movers, leavers, and stayers present data from the 1988-89 Teacher Followup Survey (TFS), a follow-up of a sample of public school (PUBS) and private school (PVTS) teachers who responded to the Teacher Survey component of the 1987-88 Schools and Staffing Survey of the National Center for Education Statistics. The report includes data on characteristics of teachers who left the teaching profession between school years 1987-88 and 1988-89 (leavers), teachers who changed schools during that period (movers), and teachers who stayed in the same school (stayers). The tables include estimates of teacher attrition by field of assignment, reasons for leaving the teaching profession, and comparisons of former teachers' current occupations with the teaching profession. National estimates are provided for all data. The TFS was a mail survey, which included one questionnaire each for current teachers and former teachers. The attrition rate from the teaching profession between 1987-88 and 1988-89 was 5.6% in PUBSs and 12.7% in PVTSs. The rate at which PUBS teachers of general education left the profession varied little by field. Teacher attrition varied by teacher's age. The attrition rates for PUBS teachers in 3 age groups were: 9% for those younger than 30 years old, 2.3% for those between 40 and 49 years old, and 9.8% for those 50 years old and over. Almost all PUBS movers (92.6%) transferred to other PUBSs, while only half of the PVTS movers (48%) transferred to other PVTSs. About 18% of PUBS leavers and 12% of PVTS leavers expect to return to elementary school or secondary school teaching in the 1989-90 school year. Technical notes are provided. The two TFS questionnaires are appended. (RLC)
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Mobility, Followup Studies, Mail Surveys, National Surveys, Private Schools, Public School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Statistical Data, Tables (Data), Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Transfer
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.