Teacher retention, mobility, and attrition in Kentucky public schools from 2008 to 2012

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Overview: In response to regional interest in information teacher retention rates, REL Appalachia conducted a study to find out the rates of retention, attrition, and mobility for classroom teachers in the Kentucky public school system. Using data from 2008-2012, the analyses provide information about the rates at which teachers stay with the same school year-to-year (stayers), change schools within the same system (movers), and leave the school system (leavers), as well as how those rates vary by certain teacher and school characteristics. The study found that the Kentucky teacher workforce is relatively stable, with 85.6% of teachers remaining at the same school year-to-year, on average. However, rates of retention, mobility, and attrition varied by teacher characteristics, such as age and experience range, as well as school characteristics such as geographic location and racial/ethnic diversity.

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