Public School Teacher: Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years

This federal report presents data on teacher attrition and mobility from a longitudinal study following teachers who began teaching in 2007–08. Analysis of the data reveals that in contrast to the 40–50 percent attrition rate found in earlier studies, only 17 percent of new teachers left their jobs in the first five years. Other findings show that 92 percent of teachers with first-year mentors assigned to them remained in teaching, compared with 84 percent of teachers without mentors, and that teachers with starting salaries above $40,000 were more likely to remain in the profession than those with lower starting pay.