CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

The Organizational Sources of Mathematics and Science Teacher Turnover

Research by Richard Ingersoll & David Perda     

Is the Supply of Mathematics and Science Teachers Sufficient? Released in October 2010 by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, this 48-page research report examines the mobility and attrition of mathematics and science teachers over the past two decades. Each year how many move to other schools and how many leave teaching? How does their turnover compare to other teachers? Has it changed over time? How much of it is concentrated in particular types of schools? What are the destinations of those leaving? Are math and science teachers leaving for jobs in industry? Which particular aspects and conditions of schools and of teachers’ jobs are most tied to their turnover? Download a copy.

Do We Produce Enough Mathematics and Science Teachers?
Published in the March 2011 issue of Phi Delta Kappan, this is a brief 4-page summary of the above two research articles on the supply and turnover of math and science teachers. Download a copy.

Data Say Retention is Better Answer to 'Shortage' than Recruitment (by Jeffery Mervis)
This is a news story on the above two research articles. It was published in the October 29, 2010 issue of Science. Download a copy.

Start date: 
August 2005
End date: 
August 2009