I offer two factoids from the Digest of Education Statistics (Table 210.30, for those interested).
- Among teachers with a year’s experience or less, one quarter will be gone from the school where they were hired the following year. (That’s for teachers in public schools; in private schools a third are gone.)
- Just under a third of newbie public school teachers will have left teaching entirely by the end of three years. (Among private school teachers, two-thirds leave.)
Somehow we ought to be doing a better job of getting new teachers into jobs where they’ll stick around for a while.