During Critical Middle School Years, More than Half of NYC Teachers Leave Within Three Years, Says Latest Study from Research Alliance


A recent study, conducted by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, included surveys of more than 4,000 middle school teachers and case studies in four schools, and concluded that teacher turnover is one of the major challenges that NYC middle schools face.

An analysis of the New York City Department of Education’s human resource records, from 2002 through 2011, shows that middle school teachers left their schools at higher rates than elementary and high school teachers. More than half the teachers who entered a New York City public middle school left that school within three years. The study, which also included surveys of more than 4,000 middle school teachers and case studies in four schools, concluded that teacher turnover is one of the major challenges that NYC middle schools face as they attempt to build stable and effective learning communities.

“Who Stays and Who Leaves? Synthesis of Findings from a Three-Part Study of Teacher Turnover in NYC Middle Schools,” released today by the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, represents the most current and comprehensive investigation of the state of middle school teacher turnover to date. Additional findings of the study include:

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