NC Teacher Turnover Rate Slightly Down, But More Leave Because Dissatisfied

Oct 31, 2014

Credit Reema Khrais

Slightly fewer teachers left North Carolina last year than the year before, but more left because they were dissatisfied with teaching or wanted to teach in another state, according to a state Department of Public Instruction draft report.

Of the 96,010 public school teachers employed last year, 1,011 said they left because they were dissatisfied with teaching or had a career change. The year before, nearly nine hundred teachers left for those reasons.

More teachers also left to teach in another state. Last school year, 734 teachers left, compared to 455 in the previous year.

The state report only counts teachers who left as of March. Schools in Houston made recruiting trips to North Carolina in the spring and summer, looking for teachers who wanted better pay. North Carolina lawmakers are trying to get the teachers’ salaries to the national average – they approved an average seven percent increase this summer.

But, overall, fewer teachers left last year than the year before. The turnover rate slightly dipped to 14.12 from 14.33 in 2012-13. That is partly because fewer teachers retired and fewer moved to non-teaching education jobs in education.

Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement saying that he is proud of the progress made to raise pay for North Carolina teachers, but that “we still have a long way to go.”

The report shows the highest turnover rate in rural counties and among STEM and special education teachers.

Turnover rates ranged from a high of 34% teachers in Washington County to a low of 6% in Clay County Schools.

The State Board of Education is expected to review the report next week.