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Almost Half of Teachers Would Leave Profession for Higher Paying Jobs

Almost Half of Teachers Would Leave Profession for Higher Paying Jobs

A study from the Center of Education policy reveals just how unsatisfied K-12 teachers are with their profession.

Out of 3,328 teacher respondents, 49 percent said they would leave the profession entirely for the possibility of a higher paying job.

The survey revealed that teachers are not only unsatisfied with the low pay they receive for their efforts, but also because of an over-emphasis on standardized testing and an inability to get their voices heard.

An astounding 60 percent of respondents said their enthusiasm for teaching has significantly decreased since starting.

In addition to mediocre pay, teachers reported feeling as if their voices are not heard at either a state or at federal level.

In fact, nearly all teachers- 94 percent- said they do not believe their voices are heard at a federal or state level.

Most teachers also reported having a strained relationship with administration. More than half of the respondents, or 51 percent, said they believed the evaluations they received for the 2014-2015 school year were "minimally or not at all helpful."

On a positive note, the survey revealed that teachers are happy with their peers and consider collaboration to be one the biggest determinants of their success.

Most teachers said they collaborate "with other teachers of the same subject and/or grade level. Nearly all of the collaborating teachers (90%) believe this col-laboration was somewhat or greatly helpful and a good use of their time,” the report said.

The report reveals a profession in desperate need of support across all areas.

"Although teachers report being drawn to the profession for mostly selfless reasons, many are concerned or frustrated about aspects of their job. And although a majority of teachers say they like their school and are part of a satisfied group of colleagues, about half or more agree with statements that indicate diminished enthusiasm, high stress, and a desire to leave the profession if they could get a higher-paying job.”

Read the full report.

Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor


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