Unhappiness with school administration, teaching assignments and accountability/testing played a role in the high turnover, with nearly 56 percent of teachers citing dissatisfaction in a study using teachers from 1993 to 2003.
“It’s not about the person,” he said. “It has to do with the schools.”
Studies have shown teacher turnover having significant impacts on student achievement, and contributing to a national teacher shortage of about 60,000 teachers.
Ingersoll said evidence shows teachers who felt they were heard by school administrators when addressing issues were more likely to be retained.
“If you want to improve that, you’ve got to cut down on some of the dissatisfaction,” he said. “If we fix those, we cut down turnover, we improve student learning.”