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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 73. Mobility of public and private elementary and secondary teachers, by selected teacher and school characteristics: Selected years, 1987–88 through 2004–05
Selected characteristic Percent of public school teachers Percent of private school teachers
Left teaching 2003–04 to 2004–05 Left teaching 2003–04 to 2004–05
1987–88 to 1988–89 1990–91 to 1991–92 1993–94 to 1994–95 1999–2000 to 2000–01 Remained in same school Changed schools Left teaching 1987–88 to 1988–89 1990–91 to 1991–92 1993–94 to 1994–95 1999–2000 to 2000–01 Remained in same school Changed schools Left teaching
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Total 5.6   (0.30) 5.1   (0.36) 6.6   (0.34) 7.4   (0.37) 83.5   (0.59) 8.1   (0.49) 8.4   (0.44) 12.7   (0.85) 12.3   (0.80) 11.9   (0.70) 12.5   (0.69) 80.5   (2.00) 5.9   (0.55) 13.6   (2.18)
Sex                                                                                    
Male 5.1   (0.52) 4.5   (0.60) 5.2   (0.32) 7.4   (0.67) 83.9   (1.00) 8.3   (0.84) 7.7   (0.68) 10.2   (1.72) 12.1   (1.91) 13.1   (1.20) 11.7   (1.48) 80.5   (2.04) 5.2   (0.79) 14.2   (2.06)
Female 5.8   (0.39) 5.3   (0.48) 7.1   (0.44) 7.4   (0.45) 83.4   (0.60) 8.1   (0.48) 8.6   (0.50) 13.4   (0.92) 12.3   (0.84) 11.6   (0.78) 12.8   (0.76) 80.5   (2.57) 6.1   (0.70) 13.4   (2.88)
                                                                                     
Race/ethnicity                                                                                    
White 5.7   (0.32) 5.1   (0.37) 6.5   (0.36) 7.5   (0.45) 83.9   (0.63) 7.9   (0.52) 8.2   (0.50) 12.1   (0.90) 12.0   (0.86) 11.7   (0.69) 12.3   (0.73) 81.3   (2.16) 5.7   (0.55) 13.0   (2.33)
Black 5.1   (1.84) 6.1   (1.45) 6.6   (1.48) 7.4   (1.60) 79.3   (2.64) 9.7   (1.11) 11.0   (2.31) 34.7   (8.35) 19.3   (6.76) 12.6   (4.52) 14.8   (5.09) 67.8   (11.35) 9.2   (2.97) 23.0 ! (13.00)
Hispanic 2.9   (0.84) 4.4   (0.99) 9.1   (2.14) 7.5   (1.67) 80.6   (3.14) 10.1   (2.22) 9.3   (1.89) 21.3   (6.46) 13.6   (4.32) 14.6   (4.31) 9.6   (2.85) 70.3   (6.25) 7.6   (2.90) 22.1   (5.72)
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.2 ! (2.77) 7.0 ! (5.37) 2.4   (0.71) 2.1   (0.87) 81.8   (6.71) 7.9   (2.47) 10.3 ! (5.52) 8.8 ! (10.39) 12.2 ! (6.51) 17.5   (8.67) 24.2 ! (12.23) 89.7   (3.65) 2.7   (1.11) 7.6   (2.84)
Asian   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 81.4   (7.39) 7.6   (2.43) 11.0 ! (6.34)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 89.5   (3.85) 2.8   (1.20) 7.8   (3.01)
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 3.1 ! (1.70) 1.7   (0.77) 3.5   (1.06) 7.6   (3.68) 93.1   (2.54) 5.0   (2.08) 1.9   (0.77) 17.5 ! (15.61) 16.5 ! (18.44) 38.5 ! (20.33) 20.2 ! (12.71)   (†)   (†)   (†)
More than one race   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 88.1   (5.10) 6.6   (3.19) 5.3 ! (3.19)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
                                                                                     
Age                                                                                    
Less than 25 4.3   (0.91) 9.1   (2.30) 3.8   (1.05) 9.3   (2.20) 79.5   (2.39) 15.7   (1.93) 4.8   (1.24) 19.0   (3.79) 23.8   (4.91) 20.0   (4.19) 29.9   (4.24) 67.1   (5.56) 14.9   (3.25) 18.0   (3.41)
25 to 29 9.0   (1.18) 9.0   (1.21) 10.0   (1.25) 9.7   (1.39) 75.1   (2.22) 14.3   (1.60) 10.6   (1.98) 17.6   (2.42) 17.8   (2.27) 13.1   (1.35) 18.6   (2.07) 68.6   (4.68) 10.2   (1.60) 21.2   (4.00)
30 to 39 5.8   (0.59) 4.2   (0.76) 6.7   (0.94) 6.5   (0.88) 84.2   (1.25) 9.0   (0.74) 6.8   (0.87) 12.4   (1.59) 13.7   (1.65) 14.9   (1.54) 13.7   (1.52) 80.6   (2.22) 5.2   (1.05) 14.2   (1.81)
40 to 49 2.4   (0.32) 2.0   (0.31) 3.9   (0.54) 4.6   (0.62) 87.6   (0.92) 7.1   (0.66) 5.3   (0.73) 10.5   (1.63) 7.7   (1.03) 8.7   (1.02) 8.5   (1.34) 84.3   (2.43) 5.0   (0.98) 10.7   (2.08)
50 to 59 5.7   (0.82) 6.7   (0.95) 6.3   (0.77) 8.1   (0.80) 85.5   (0.91) 4.8   (0.66) 9.8   (0.82) 11.3   (2.45) 9.6   (1.91) 8.2   (1.53) 5.9   (0.90) 87.5   (9.39) 3.9   (0.77) 8.6 ! (9.80)
60 to 64 23.4   (4.90) 26.8   (4.30) 30.5   (4.78) 25.7   (5.44) 69.4   (4.64) 2.5   (0.93) 28.0   (4.35) 16.9   (5.93) 17.8   (4.62) 13.1   (2.74) 18.1   (3.72) 77.2   (5.31) 2.0 ! (1.03) 20.7   (5.27)
65 and over 16.7 ! (8.48) 40.9   (13.80) 34.1   (7.79) 16.6   (5.44) 77.2   (6.23) 1.7   (0.83) 21.2   (5.95) 7.9   (3.16) 20.7   (5.83) 41.9   (8.67) 29.4   (7.60) 73.3   (7.94) 5.6 ! (6.36) 21.2   (7.31)
                                                                                     
Full- and part-time teaching experience                                                                                    
1 year or less 7.9   (0.96) 7.0   (1.31) 5.7   (0.82) 10.5   (1.93) 74.4   (2.62) 16.0   (1.81) 9.6   (1.66) 15.9   (2.73) 22.8   (2.85) 18.2   (2.12) 28.9   (3.95) 67.8   (6.72) 12.1   (2.82) 20.2   (4.36)
2 years 7.3   (1.81) 9.5   (1.89) 9.1   (1.51) 8.5   (1.94) 81.4   (1.81) 12.2   (1.37) 6.4   (1.43) 18.2   (3.32) 19.5   (3.19) 23.6   (2.72) 22.5   (3.24) 66.6   (14.18) 8.8   (2.83) 24.6 ! (16.24)
3 years 9.3   (1.50) 6.6   (1.24) 9.8   (1.42) 7.5   (1.60) 76.0   (3.37) 16.3   (3.03) 7.7   (1.55) 15.4   (3.80) 19.0   (3.35) 12.8   (2.15) 17.8   (2.49) 75.6   (3.25) 9.2   (2.07) 15.3   (2.47)
4 to 10 years 6.4   (0.89) 5.3   (0.89) 6.8   (0.94) 7.3   (0.72) 82.4   (1.04) 9.5   (0.55) 8.1   (0.98) 14.0   (1.91) 12.4   (1.73) 13.1   (1.51) 12.6   (1.37) 77.7   (2.80) 6.3   (0.73) 16.0   (2.54)
11 to 20 years 3.5   (0.42) 2.3   (0.30) 4.9   (0.64) 5.2   (0.74) 88.1   (0.96) 6.4   (0.63) 5.5   (0.70) 11.5   (1.73) 6.6   (1.00) 7.1   (0.93) 6.9   (1.13) 87.7   (2.31) 4.1   (0.75) 8.2   (1.75)
21 to 25 years 3.5   (0.87) 4.2   (0.87) 4.0   (0.81) 4.2   (0.68) 88.9   (1.33) 4.5   (0.83) 6.6   (1.23) 5.2   (2.36) 3.3   (1.40) 6.0   (1.64) 5.5   (1.32) 90.0   (4.28) 1.1   (0.47) 8.9   (4.25)
More than 25 years 11.3   (1.63) 11.0   (1.34) 12.0   (1.04) 11.4   (1.05) 82.1   (1.50) 3.6   (0.67) 14.3   (1.13) 8.4   (2.03) 15.0   (3.24) 12.7   (2.53) 10.0   (1.40) 87.0   (2.03) 4.5   (1.81) 8.5   (1.77)
                                                                                     
Level taught                                                                                    
Elementary 5.5   (0.39) 4.8   (0.45) 6.4   (0.53) 6.8   (0.45) 83.0   (0.90) 8.6   (0.70) 8.4   (0.68) 12.5   (0.99) 11.3   (1.02) 11.5   (0.96) 13.4   (0.84) 79.0   (3.21) 6.6   (1.04) 14.4   (3.64)
Secondary 5.6   (0.42) 5.5   (0.62) 6.7   (0.53) 8.6   (0.71) 84.0   (0.77) 7.6   (0.52) 8.4   (0.59) 12.9   (2.38) 13.3   (1.51) 12.6   (1.51) 8.5   (0.90) 82.5   (1.41) 5.0   (0.75) 12.5   (1.35)
                                                                                     
School size                                                                                    
Less than 150 7.3   (1.36) 4.4   (0.69) 6.4   (1.15) 9.5   (2.29) 76.1   (5.20) 11.8   (3.41) 12.1   (2.92) 16.6   (1.72) 16.3   (1.87) 14.8   (1.43) 14.6   (1.45) 69.4   (5.97) 7.8   (1.78) 22.7   (6.32)
150 to 349 4.8   (0.45) 3.9   (0.53) 7.8   (1.03) 6.7   (0.99) 80.5   (1.94) 9.2   (1.10) 10.3   (1.58) 10.9   (1.62) 13.3   (1.42) 12.6   (1.21) 13.1   (1.24) 81.0   (1.62) 6.6   (1.02) 12.4   (1.40)
350 to 499 6.1   (0.98) 6.4   (1.03) 5.8   (0.73) 7.4   (0.85) 83.9   (1.47) 7.5   (0.82) 8.6   (1.16) 10.7   (2.63) 6.3   (1.47) 12.1   (1.95) 10.3   (1.26) 85.1   (1.92) 5.2   (1.24) 9.8   (1.40)
500 to 749 5.6   (0.77) 4.7   (0.68) 7.6   (0.67) 7.1   (0.78) 84.8   (1.30) 8.2   (0.89) 7.0   (0.75) 9.6   (2.07) 9.8   (2.11) 7.1   (1.27) 11.1   (1.91) 86.3   (2.75) 4.0   (1.06) 9.8   (2.63)
750 or more 5.0   (0.48) 5.4   (0.54) 5.7   (0.57) 7.7   (0.74) 84.0   (0.98) 7.8   (0.66) 8.2   (0.79) 12.9   (3.14) 6.7   (2.58) 6.2   (1.18) 10.8   (1.64) 92.2   (1.43) 2.9   (1.05) 4.9   (0.90)
                                                                                     
Percent minority enrollment                                                                                    
Less than 5 percent 5.8   (0.60) 4.5   (0.51) 7.1   (0.68) 6.5   (0.78) 87.3   (1.33) 5.1   (0.70) 7.6   (1.13) 12.7   (1.27) 12.2   (1.35) 11.2   (0.99) 7.1   (0.96) 83.4   (7.63) 5.1   (0.99) 11.5 ! (8.06)
5 to 19 percent 5.8   (0.74) 5.5   (0.73) 6.0   (0.71) 6.9   (0.66) 85.9   (1.00) 6.6   (0.62) 7.5   (0.75) 10.3   (1.37) 12.2   (1.40) 11.1   (1.07) 7.6   (1.60) 82.8   (1.89) 4.7   (0.72) 12.5   (1.54)
20 to 49 percent 5.2   (0.64) 5.9   (0.73) 6.2   (0.82) 9.5   (1.09) 84.2   (1.03) 9.3   (0.88) 6.5   (0.60) 18.9   (4.18) 12.2   (2.01) 15.6   (2.28) 14.6   (1.45) 76.9   (2.26) 7.5   (1.14) 15.6   (2.00)
50 percent or more 5.3   (0.66) 4.9   (0.66) 6.9   (0.72) 7.3   (0.68) 79.7   (1.11) 9.9   (0.78) 10.3   (0.84) 13.6   (2.85) 13.1   (2.35) 13.2   (2.15) 13.1   (1.24) 72.7   (4.49) 8.8   (1.71) 18.5   (4.47)
                                                                                     
Community type                                                                                    
Central city 4.6   (0.59) 5.2   (0.65) 6.3   (0.64) 7.1   (0.65) 79.8   (1.22) 10.3   (0.83) 9.9   (1.05) 13.5   (1.67) 12.7   (1.40) 10.9   (0.75) 12.1   (0.96) 82.1   (1.60) 6.1   (0.68) 11.8   (1.58)
Urban fringe/large town 5.6   (0.59) 5.5   (0.75) 6.5   (0.70) 8.3   (0.77) 84.8   (0.87) 7.3   (0.54) 7.9   (0.63) 11.5   (1.51) 10.6   (1.21) 12.6   (1.32) 11.8   (1.23) 80.2   (2.22) 5.3   (0.62) 14.5   (1.93)
Rural/small town 5.7   (0.52) 4.8   (0.39) 6.8   (0.59) 6.3   (0.52) 85.0   (1.11) 7.3   (0.91) 7.7   (0.92) 15.0   (1.78) 13.9   (1.81) 13.6   (1.46) 15.5   (1.92) 76.0   (17.99) 8.5   (2.74) 15.5 ! (19.40)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), Characteristics of Stayers, Movers, and Leavers: Results From the Teacher Follow-up Survey 1994–95; Teacher Attrition and Mobility: Results From the Teacher Follow-up Survey: 2000–01; "Public School Teacher Data File" and "Private School Teacher Data File," 2003–04; and Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), "Current and Former Teacher Data Files," 2004–05. (This table was prepared July 2007.)