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ERIC Number: ED511305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 53
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results from the 2008-09 Teacher Follow-Up Survey. First Look. NCES 2010-353
Keigher, Ashley
National Center for Education Statistics
The Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) is a follow-up of a sample of the elementary and secondary school teachers who participated in the previous year's Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS). The TFS sample includes teachers who leave teaching in the year after the SASS data collection and those who continue to teach. The objective of TFS is to provide information about teacher mobility and attrition among elementary and secondary school teachers who teach in grades K-12 in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In pursuit of this objective, TFS examines the characteristics of those who stay in the teaching profession and those who leave, including retirees. By collecting information on respondents' attitudes about the teaching profession and job satisfaction (along with demographic data), TFS can address questions such as the following: (1) What percentage of teachers leaves the profession between one year and the next?; (2) What factors contribute to teachers' decisions to move to another school or to leave the profession?; (3) How many teachers move from one school to another?; and (4) Where do teachers go when they move or leave? The 2008-09 TFS was completed by about 4,750 current and former teachers. Of these respondents, about 2,600 were still teaching at the same school in the 2008-09 school year as in the previous year ("stayers"); 890 were still teaching in 2008-09, but at a different school than in the previous year ("movers"); and 1,260 had left the teaching profession in the previous year ("leavers"). Because the purpose of this report is to introduce new NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) data through the presentation of tables containing descriptive information, only selected findings are presented. These findings have been chosen to demonstrate the range of information available from the TFS rather than to discuss all of the observed differences. Appendices include: (1) Standard Error Tables; (2) Methodology and Technical Notes; and (3) Description of Variables. (Contains 22 tables and 1 exhibit.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
Identifiers - Location: United States
IES Funded: Yes