Table 1-12
Public school teacher leavers who rated various reasons as very or extremely important in their decision to leave profession: 2000–01
(Percent)
 
Reason for leaving Mathematics/
science teachers
Other
teachers
Pursue another career 25.8* 19.7
Better salary or benefits 22.5 18.4
Retirement 21.8* 30.4
Changed my residence 20.4* 9.3
Health 17.8 9.3
Take courses to improve career opportunities outside education 12.1 9.1
Take sabbatical or other break from teaching 11.3 11.3
Feel unprepared to implement or disagree with new reform measures 9.2 8.4
Pregnancy or child rearing 9.1* 17.7
Dissatisfied with job description or responsibilities 7.1* 14.1
School received little support from community 5.9 6.5
Dissatisfied with changes in job description or responsibilities 4.8* 12.0
Take courses to improve career opportunities within education 4.5 7.6
Laid off or involuntarily transferred 3.7 3.1
Lack of certification 1.7 2.1
 

*p = .05, statistically significant difference between mathematics/science teachers and other teachers.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999–2000 School and Staffing Survey; and 2000–01 Teacher Follow-up Survey.

 
Science and Engineering Indicators 2006