Welcome to the Beginning Teacher Longitudinal Study information page!
What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to collect data that will enable researchers to determine the attrition rate for teachers, determine the rate of reentry into the teaching profession, and determine the characteristics of those who stay in the teaching profession, those who move from one school to another, those who leave the profession, and those who return to the teaching profession. In addition, researchers will have available to them data on activities and occupations for those who leave the teaching profession and career pattern data for those who remain in the profession. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page for further information.
Who authorizes this survey?
This survey is authorized by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, 20 U.S. Code §9541(b) and §9543(a).
Why should you participate in this survey?
Policymakers and educational leaders rely on data from this survey to inform their decisions concerning K-12 schools. This survey provides important insight into the career paths of beginning teachers and your participation will contribute to the success of this data collection. Because it is a sample survey, your responses represent the responses of many. Higher response rates give us confidence that the findings are accurate.
Will your responses be kept confidential?
Your responses are protected from disclosure by federal statute (20 U.S.C., §9573). Your answers may be used for statistical purposes only and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as provided by law. Your responses to the survey are stored on a secure server, at the National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education. Some of your answers, without any direct personal identifiers such as names, addresses, or any other contact information, will be made available to researchers at government agencies, universities, and private research organizations through restricted-use data files after those researchers go through a thorough licensing process at NCES. They must sign a legally binding agreement to protect the confidentiality of all individual survey answers.
How will your information be reported?
The information you provide will be combined with the information provided by others in statistical reports. No individually-identifiable data will be included in the statistical reports.
For further information, please see the brochure.