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Monday numbers – A closer look at teacher turnover in North Carolina

[1]The State Board of Education holds its monthly meeting this Wednesday and Thursday. Members will discuss the findings of a new statewide report [2] on the “State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina.”

The following numbers examine teacher turnover across the state’s Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and charter schools.

94,909 – total number of teachers employed in North Carolina between March 2017 and March 2018

7,674 – of that total, the number of teachers who are no longer employed in NC public schools (including those not teaching in public charter schools).

8.09% – the overall statewide attrition rate of North Carolina public school teachers in the 2017-18 school year

8.70% – the overall statewide attrition rate of North Carolina public school teachers in the 2016-17 school year

15,595 – the number of Beginning Teachers (BTs) employed statewide between March 2017 and March 2018

12.34% – the attrition rate for Beginning Teachers in NC in 2017-2018

79, 314 – the number of Experienced, Licensed Teachers in NC in 2017-2018

7.25% – the attrition rate for Experienced, Licensed Teachers in NC in 2017-2018

5,636 – the number of Lateral entry (LE) teachers who were employed between March 2017 and March 2018

874  (15.51%) – the number of Lateral entry (LE) teachers who were no longer employed in
NC public schools in March 2018

261 – the number of Teach for America (TFA) Teachers who were employed in March 2017

82 (31.42%) – the number of Teach for America (TFA) Teachers who were no longer employed in NC public schools in March 2018

53.9 – the percentage of teachers who left employment in NC public schools who cited “Personal Reasons” for their decision to depart

21.5 – the percentage of teachers who left employment in NC public schools who cited retirement (with full benefits) as their reason for departure

12.3 – the percentage of teachers who left employment in NC public schools who cited family relocation as their reason for departure

84 (11.5%) – the number of teachers who resigned due to career change

704 (9.2 % ) – the number of teachers who resigned to teach in another state

32.5% – the attrition rate of teachers in Warren County Schools for 2017-2018 (the highest teacher vacancy rate in NC)

25.5% – the attrition rate for Northampton County Schools

10.3% – the attrition rate for Wake County Schools

12.5 % – the attrition rate for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Click here to find a complete draft of  the State of the Teaching Profession in North Carolina. [2]