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ERIC Number: EJ943646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Teach For America Teachers: How Long Do They Teach? Why Do They Leave?
Donaldson, Morgaen L.; Johnson, Susan Moore
Phi Delta Kappan, v93 n2 p47-51 Oct 2011
A large-scale, nationwide analysis of Teach For America teacher turnover presents a deeper picture of which TFAers stay, which ones leave the profession and some suggestions about why they leave. The authors learned that nearly two-thirds (60.5%) of TFA teachers continue as public school teachers beyond their two-year commitment; more than half (56.4%) leave their initial placements in low-income schools after two years, but 43.6% stay longer; and by their fifth year, 14.8% continue to teach in the same low-income schools to which they were originally assigned. When TFA alumni leave, they typically leave the profession for the same reasons that other teachers leave the profession: poor working conditions or career opportunities outside teaching. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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