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Teacher Retention and the Economy: An Example from Colorado

How high is teacher attrition? How much does it change over time, and why? We don’t have great answers to these questions, but a story and graphic from Chalkbeat Colorado helps provide some tentative answers.

Chalkbeat’s story covered a newly released dataset from the Colorado Department of Education tracking teacher retention rates over the last 15 years.* The article featured a graph showing changes over time; I’ve reproduced it below with some slight modifications (click on the graph to make it bigger, or see the original version here):

CO teacher turnover, 2000-2015

Two things jumped out at me when I saw this chart. Continue reading