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Table 4. Number and percentage of 1987–88, 1990–91, 1993–94, and 1999–2000 public and private K–12 teachers who did not teach in the same school the following year, by turnover categories
  1987–88
  1990–91
  1993–94
  1999–2000
Turnover categories Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent   Number Percent

     Total turnover at the end of the year 391,000 14   383,000 13   418,000 14   546,000 16
Transfers at the end of the year 218,000 8   209,000 7   205,000 7   269,000 8
Leavers 173,000 6   174,000 6   213,000 7   278,000 8
  Retired 35,000 1   46,000 2   48,000 2   66,000 2
  Took other job 64,000 2   56,000 2   90,000 3   126,000 4
  Went back to school 11,000 #   13,000 #   8,000 #   12,000 #
  Left for family reasons 48,000 2   33,000 1   35,000 1   47,000 1
  Other 14,000 1   25,000 1   30,000 1   26,000 1

# Rounds to zero.

NOTE: All numbers are estimates with confidence intervals varying from 2,000 to 34,000. Denominator used to calculate the percentage is the total number of teachers in the workforce during the TFS year. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), “Current Teacher Questionnaire” and “Former Teacher Questionnaire,” 1988–89, 1991–92, 1994–95, and 2000–2001.

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