Download

Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 4.6 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.

Purchase

Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback111 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

Teachers have come under increasing scrutiny over the past several years as part of the continuing national debate on the quality and appropriateness of American schooling. Discussion has focused on the quality of the teaching force, the adequacy of teacher compensation, the potential for teacher shortages, and the patterns and magnitude of teacher attrition. This study focuses on Indiana public school teachers, using data that cover 24 years. Among the specific issues that the report addresses are (1) whether teachers are leaving the profession at growing rates; (2) the roles compensation and working conditions play in retaining teachers in the profession; (3) whether shortages of teachers are likely; (4) whether more attractive job opportunities are increasing attrition rates for women teachers; (5) what types of teachers stay longest in the profession; and (6) how attrition rates differ by subject taught. The findings indicate that teacher attrition rates are at their lowest level in 25 years. Female attrition rates have fallen much faster than male rates. This trend is attributable to the increasing labor force participation of women. Another demographic trend that has contributed to reducing teacher attrition is the greater proportion of entering teachers who are older. Finally, the analysis shows that teacher compensation and working conditions significantly affect attrition. Over the next ten years, teacher attrition rates should remain low, provided that pay levels are maintained in real terms.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.