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Table 6. Percentage of all, out-of-field, and highly qualified public and private K–12 teachers who did not teach in the same school in 2000–01 as in 1999–2000 and who reported being “strongly” or “somewhat” dissatisfied with particular features of the school they left, by turnover status and top reported sources of dissatisfaction
Transfers
  Leavers
Source of dissatisfaction Percent   Source of dissatisfaction Percent

All teachers
Not enough time for planning/preparation 65   Not enough time for planning/preparation 60
Teaching workload too heavy 60   Teaching workload too heavy 51
Salary 54   Classes too large 50
Student behavior was a problem 53   Salary 48
Not enough influence over school’s policies and practices 52   Student behavior was a problem 44
Classes too large 49   Not enough influence over school’s policies and practices 42
School facilities in need of significant repair 48   Computer resources 41
Computer resources 44   Opportunities for professional advancement 41
Little support from parents 41   School facilities in need of significant repair 39
Required professional development activities did not match career goals 40   Required professional development activities did not match career goals 39
         
Out-of-field teachers
Salary 60   Salary 62
Teaching workload too heavy 57   Not enough time for planning/preparation 49
Not enough time for planning/preparation 54   Teaching workload too heavy 47
Not enough influence over school’s policies and practices 51   Not enough influence over school’s policies and practices 45
Computer resources 50   Opportunities for professional advancement 45
         
Highly qualified teachers
Not enough time for planning/preparation 66   Not enough time for planning/preparation 64
Teaching workload too heavy 60   Classes too large 51
Student behavior was a problem 54   Teaching workload too heavy 50
Classes too large 52   Salary 42
Not enough influence over school’s policies and practices 51   Student behavior was a problem 39

NOTE: Teachers were asked a series of questions about their satisfaction with 31 different aspects of their job in 1999–2000. Teachers could respond “strongly disagree,” “somewhat disagree,” “neither agree nor disagree,” “somewhat agree,” and “strongly agree” to each question. The percentages in this table reflect the proportion of teachers who answered “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” to questions that reflected dissatisfaction with their job (e.g., “Student behavior was a problem”), and “strongly disagree” or “somewhat disagree” to questions that reflected satisfaction with their job (e.g., “I was satisfied with my salary”). “Out-of-field” teachers have neither an undergraduate or graduate major nor certification in the field of their main teaching assignment. Teachers who have both a major and certification in the field of their main teaching assignment are considered “highly qualified.”

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

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