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Special Analysis 2005

Mobility in the Teacher Workforce

Table 5. Among public and private K–12 teachers who left teaching between 1999–2000 and 2000–01, average age, average years of teaching experience, percentage female, percentage out-of-field, and percentage with both a major and certification in field, by the reason teachers left
teachers left
years of
Percent teaching
out-of-field the
 previous year
Percent with
both major and
certification in
field taught
 in the
previous year

     All leavers 42 15 76 20 54
Retired 58 29 71 16 65
Took other job 39 10 68 24 50
Went back to school 30 4 77 22 52
Left for family reasons 34 9 99 16 53
Other 40 13 84 19 47

NOTE: “Out-of-field” teachers have neither an undergraduate or graduate major nor certification in the field of their main teaching assignment.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), “Public Teacher Questionnaire,” “Charter Teacher Questionnaire,” and “Private Teacher Questionnaire,” 1999–2000 and Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), “Current Teacher Questionnaire” and “Former Teacher Questionnaire,” 2000–01.

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