Teacher Attrition May Hamper Charter Performance, Study Says

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Posted: July 6, 2010
National Charter School Resource Center

Charter school teachers leave the profession and move among schools at a “significantly higher” rate than their counterparts in traditional public schools, according to a new research brief from the National Center on School Choice in Nashville, Tenn.

The Center study also reports significantly higher involuntary teacher attrition at charter schools and that attrition is higher at start-up charters than at those converted from traditional public schools.

Differences in teacher characteristics and dissatisfaction with working conditions help explain the differences in attrition, according to the report.

The intent of the study, which relied on National Center for Education Statistics 2003-04 Schools and Staffing Survey and the Teacher Follow-Up Survey, was to “contribute to a deeper understanding of the organizational conditions of charter schools.”

The study says the findings “illuminate a critical challenge facing charter schools and may explain in part why they do not systematically outperform their traditional public school counterparts.” For the entire report, click here.