Study: WV school workforce 'largely stable,' but new teacher retention an issue
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Virginia's public school teacher and administrator workforce is "largely stable," although nearly one-fifth of new Mountain State teachers left the state's public education system after one school year, according to a new study that looked at five school years.
The study, released last week, found that, on average, 90.1 percent of teachers and 87.7 percent of administrators stayed in the state's overall public school system and in the same county school system -- a measure called the retention rate -- from one school year to the next.
On average, 9 percent of teachers and 11.1 percent of administrators left the state's public school system altogether -- a measure called the attrition rate -- from one school year to the next. And, on average, only about one of every 100 teachers and administrators moved from one Mountain State county to another -- a measure called the mobility rate -- from one year to the next.
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