BURGER KING — When it comes to teacher turnover — and the number of teachers leaving the profession — it seems that schools with high numbers of teachers who have quit are also less likely to retain them, according to a new study.
The new research, led by University of Maryland professor Robert Rector, shows that high turnover in a school is associated with higher rates for teacher dismissal, and also higher attrition rates.
“Teachers are highly responsive to their schools’ social and cultural environment,” Rector wrote in the study.
“They are more likely than other teachers to accept low salaries and work conditions, and to be more susceptible to low ratings and disciplinary actions.”
The findings add to research that has shown schools with higher turnover have high rates of dismissal and higher rates at higher rates.
The study looked at more than 1,000 schools across the country that had an average turnover rate of 3.7 percent in 2016.
The study found that schools that had the highest turnover rate — 3.9 percent — had significantly higher rates in terms of teacher departures, suspensions, and dismissal rates.
Those schools had higher rates among black and Latino teachers, who have been more likely over the past decade to leave the profession than white teachers.
In a statement, Rector said, “These results suggest that low-performing schools have higher rates than others of teacher layoffs, suspensions and dismissals, and that schools in low-income neighborhoods have lower rates of attrition and higher teacher retention.”
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