NEWS RELEASES 2014-15 :: NOVEMBER 5, 2014

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The number of teachers leaving North Carolina public school classrooms was down slightly from last year according to the 2013-14 Annual Report on Teachers Leaving the Profession just presented to State Board of Education members. In 2013-14, 13,557 teachers left their local school districts resulting in an overall state turnover rate of 14.12 percent. This was down from the 14.33 percent reported in 2012-13. The turnover report reflects the time period from March 2013 to March 2014.

When asked about teachers remaining in or coming to North Carolina public school classrooms, State Superintendent June Atkinson said, "A number of the reasons why teachers leave their district or the profession can be addressed by just giving their profession the respect it deserves. We have high expectations for teachers and their pay and classroom support need to reflect that," Atkinson said.

Local district turnover rates ranged from a high of 34.3 percent in Washington County to a low of 6 percent in Clay County. Local district figures are included in the (full report available online).

The 28 self-reported reasons teachers gave for leaving were combined into the five categories below to promote comparisons and to find relationships.

  1. Teachers who left for personal reasons: 5,030 responses This includes teachers who resigned due to a career change, family circumstances, health issues, to teach in another state, dissatisfaction with teaching, seeking a career change or decided to retire with reduced benefits.
  2. Teachers who left the district but remained in education: 4,093 responses This includes teachers who resigned to teach in another district, charter school or non-public school, or moved to a non-teaching position within the district or at another district or agency.
  3. Teachers who left for reasons beyond district control: 2,353 responses This includes teachers who retired with full benefits, moved due to military orders, resigned because their Visiting International Faculty term or Teach for America term expired, or left due to reduction in force.
  4. Teachers who were terminated by the local school district: 1,123 responses This includes teachers who resigned in lieu of non-renewal or dismissal, did not obtain or maintain their license, were not rehired when their probationary contract ended or were dismissed.
  5. Teachers who left for other reasons: 958 responses This includes teachers who either resigned for reasons not listed in the survey or did not give a reason.

The State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction have a number of initiatives in place to help recruit and retain teachers including alternative entry licensure routes, beginning teacher support programs, 12 percent pay increase for National Board Certification and Troops to Teachers.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.