- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A new study on the retention rates of West Virginia’s teachers has found that most educators tended to stay in the same school district from one year to the next.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/2bBZG4h ) reports that the study was released by the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance last week and measures rates from the 2008-09 through the 2012-13 school years.

It reveals that on average, 90 percent of teachers and 87.7 percent of administrators stayed in the same school district from one year to the next. Additionally, 9 percent of teachers and 11.1 percent of administrators left the state’s public school system altogether.

The retention rates were not as high for new teachers, however. According to the report, about 32 percent of new educators who began teaching in the 2008-09 school year left the school system by the 2012-13 year. The study also found that one of every 100 teachers and administrators moved from one county to another.

Chad Lochmiller, the study’s principal investigator, noted the school years studied were during and immediately following the nationwide recession.

“At this point we’re looking at a snapshot and we would need more years to know if it’s an actual trend,” he said.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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