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Number and percentage distribution of teachers by years of teaching experience, stayer/mover/leaver status and selected school characteristics in the base year: 2008–09
 
Number Percent
Selected teacher and school
characteristics in the base year1
Total   Stayer   Mover   Leaver   Stayer   Mover   Leaver  
Total  3,867,600   3,240,900   279,600   347,000   83.8   7.2   9.0  
                             
Full-time teaching experience                             
No full-time teaching experience  72,800   52,700   6,400   13,700   72.4   8.7 ! 18.9  
1 year  266,400   198,600   31,600   36,200   74.5   11.9   13.6  
2 years  219,700   171,100   27,500   21,100   77.9   12.5   9.6  
3 years  196,600   152,500   27,700   16,400 ! 77.6   14.1   8.3 !
4 years or more  3,112,200   2,666,000   186,500   259,700   85.7   6.0   8.3  
                             
Community type                             
Urban  1,166,700   973,100   86,900   106,700   83.4   7.4   9.1  
Suburban  1,290,600   1,078,400   91,700   120,600   83.6   7.1   9.3  
Town  485,400   411,400   37,000   37,000   84.7   7.6   7.6 !
Rural  924,900   778,100   64,000   82,800   84.1   6.9   9.0  
                             
Percent of K-12 students who were approved
    for free or reduced- price lunches
                       
Less than 60  2,409,900   2,029,600   163,400   216,900   84.2   6.8   9.0  
60 or more  1,049,100   882,400   95,100   71,600   84.1   9.1   6.8  
School did not participate
   in free or reduced-price
   lunch program
408,600   328,900   21,100   58,600   80.5   5.2   14.3  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Base year refers to the year in which the Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) was administered. The SASS is always administered a year prior to the Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS). The total number of base year teachers for any year is slightly lower than previously published counts, as all teachers who responded to SASS but were ineligible for the TFS (e.g., because they died or moved out of the country) were removed from the weighted count of base year teachers.
NOTE: "Stayers" are teachers who were teaching in the same school in the current school year as in the base year. "Movers" are teachers who were still teaching in the current school year, but had moved to a different school after the base year. "Leavers" are teachers who left the teaching profession after the base 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 and Former Teacher Data Files," 2008-09 and Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Teacher and Private School Teacher Data Files," 2007-08.

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