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Percentage distribution of the level of importance that K–12 teachers who voluntarily moved to a different school attributed to any reason for moving and percentage who listed a given reason as the most important reason for moving, by base-year (2011–12) school level and selected reason for moving: 2012–13

  Primary   Middle   High   Combined
  Level of importance Most
important reason
for
moving
  Level of importance Most
important reason
for
moving
  Level of importance Most
important reason
for
moving
  Level of importance Most
important reason
for
moving
Reason for moving Not
at all
important
  Slightly
important
  Somewhat
important
  Very
important
  Extremely
important
    Not
at all
important
  Slightly
important
  Somewhat
important
  Very
important
  Extremely
important
    Not
at all
important
  Slightly
important
  Somewhat
important
  Very
important
  Extremely
important
    Not
at all
important
  Slightly
important
  Somewhat
important
  Very
important
  Extremely
important
   
Personal life factors                                                                                                
Because I wanted to take a job more conveniently
  located OR because I moved
36.7       13.6 ! 33.2   26.7   45.9   5.7 ! 4.5 ! 13.1   30.8   18.8   44.4   13.6 ! 5.9 ! 6.0 ! 30.1   24.4 ! 42.2 !       38.0 !  
Because of other personal life reasons (e.g., health,
  pregnancy/childcare, caring for family)
51.4     14.8 ! 5.3   22.7   4.5 ! 61.1   3.0 ! 8.6   12.4   14.8   6.6 ! 46.7   15.4 ! 8.8 !   14.3 !   49.6 !          
Because I wanted to receive retirement benefits
  from last year's school system
88.4             92.7       1.2 !   #   84.3             92.8            
                                                                                                 
Salary and other job benefits                                                                                                
Because I wanted or needed a higher salary 79.8       4.5 !     75.8   5.0 ! 8.8   4.2 ! 6.1   3.5 ! 41.1   19.2 ! 4.9 ! 20.4 ! 14.3 !   63.6 !       8.8 !  
Because I needed better benefits than I received at last
  year's school
86.5   2.6 !   2.7 !   #   87.3     4.6 ! 2.1 ! 3.1 ! #   73.5       3.5 ! 4.9 !   61.3           #  
Because I was concerned about my job security at last
  year's school
82.7     5.7 ! 3.3 ! 5.1 !   83.7   2.9 ! 6.5 !   4.7 !   59.6   14.6 !     6.4 !   86.1           #  
                                                                                                 
Assignment and classroom factors                                                                                                
Because I was dissatisfied with my job description or
  assignment (e.g., responsibilities, grade level, or
  subject area)
56.2   15.5   7.1 ! 10.3   10.8 !   44.0   8.4   13.5   12.2   21.9   8.7   51.7   5.8   15.6 ! 19.3 ! 7.7     71.4            
Because I did not have enough autonomy over my
  classroom at last year's school
72.9   6.9 ! 8.9 ! 4.1 ! 7.2 !   68.0   6.6 ! 10.0 ! 6.9 ! 8.4 ! #   63.1   5.4 !   13.5 ! 3.6 ! #   81.6       3.5 !    
Because I was dissatisfied with the large number of
  students I taught at last year's school
71.1   7.7 ! 8.1 ! 5.1 !     63.1   8.1 ! 11.3   4.8 ! 12.7 !   61.0   13.8 ! 16.2 !   4.9 !   87.8     5.7 !      
Because I felt that there were too many intrusions on
  my teaching time at last year's school
57.0   7.6 ! 13.3   6.3   15.8 !   53.7   8.6   12.7   12.3   12.7     50.9   3.6 ! 23.1 ! 13.8 ! 8.5     59.9            
                                                                                                 
School factors                                                                                                
Because I wanted the opportunity to teach at my
  current school
38.5   13.6 ! 16.8 ! 16.9   14.3   6.4 ! 32.2   7.1   15.7   17.1   27.9   15.8   26.8 !     27.0   23.9 ! 7.1 ! 43.6 !     12.9 !    
Because I was dissatisfied with workplace conditions
  (e.g., facilities, classroom resources, school
  safety) at last year's school
40.7   10.4 ! 14.8 ! 20.5   13.6 !   49.5   10.5   14.5   10.0   15.5     43.6   5.4 !   14.4 ! 21.3 !   65.0         9.3 !  
Because student discipline problems were an issue
  at last year's school
49.6   20.7 ! 5.9 ! 7.4 ! 16.4     43.4   9.5 ! 9.9 ! 17.2   20.1   5.5 ! 38.2     18.8 ! 9.6 ! 19.3 !   56.4            
Because I was dissatisfied with the administration at
  last year's school
39.3   7.7 ! 18.3 ! 6.9   27.8   17.3 ! 44.6   9.3   9.2   10.9   26.0   9.2   31.8     15.4 ! 5.9 ! 36.9   23.0 ! 65.0         15.4 ! 4.8 !
Because I was dissatisfied with the lack of influence I had
  over school policies and practices at last year's school
58.9   9.3 ! 13.8 ! 6.8 ! 11.3 ! #   54.9   8.2   13.5   10.7   12.8 ! #   45.3     7.0   15.5 ! 21.5 !   71.3         6.2 ! #  
Because there were not enough opportunities for leadership
  roles or professional advancement at last year's school
71.1     11.2 !   8.7 !   66.3   8.6   11.6   5.2 ! 8.4 !   47.9   5.9 ! 19.2 ! 6.5 ! 20.5 !   78.7         6.9 !  
                                                                                                 
Student performance factors                                                                                                
Because I was dissatisfied with how student assessments/
  school accountability measures impacted my teaching
  or curriculum at last year's school
63.7   6.3 ! 9.9   11.9 ! 8.1 !   61.2   8.9   12.6   8.8 ! 8.4 !   54.0   11.8 ! 19.4 ! 8.4 ! 6.4 !   52.5 !   8.0 !     #  
Because I was dissatisfied with how some of my
  compensation, benefits, or rewards were tied to the
  performance of my students at last year's school
79.7   5.0 ! 8.5 !     #   81.9   5.0 ! 7.9 !       59.2   12.3 !       #   78.9           #  
Because I was dissatisfied with the support I received for
  preparing my students for student assessments at last
  year's school
58.6   17.7 ! 12.7 ! 3.9 ! 7.1 !   62.1   8.4 ! 12.5   11.0 ! 6.0 !   54.3   6.1 !     15.8 !   70.0           #  
                                                                                                 
Other factors                                                                                                
Because of other factors not included in previous items1 48.3   6.8 !   13.7 ! 17.0   28.5   55.2     5.3 ! 8.2 ! 13.9   19.0   43.8       4.3 ! 30.9   14.6   68.5            
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error is 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 The shown distribution does not sum to 100% because teachers only rated "Other factors" if they wrote in an additional factor as a reason for moving; 9.3% of teachers in primary schools did not specify additional reasons for moving, 15.6% of teachers in middle schools did not specify additional reasons for moving, 8.2% of teachers in high schools did not specify additional reasons for moving, and 14.6% of teachers in combined schools did not specify additional reasons for moving.
NOTE: This table includes teachers who voluntarily moved to a different school after the base year. These respondents were asked to choose, from various reasons, the most important reason in their decision to move from their base year (2011–12) school. Respondents who moved to a different school involuntarily, including because their contract was not renewed, they were laid off, or their school closed or merged, are not included. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and because some data are not shown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS), "Current Teacher Data File," 2012–13.