In 2014 there were extremely alarming reports in regards of retention rates for teachers, showing that this profession had a very low retention rate compared to many other ones and also that many teachers across the United States are not only dropping their current job to pursue another one on the same field, but there is a big amount of people simply leaving the teaching career for good and looking for other professions that may fulfill their expectations.

One of the reports was published in July 2014 and it’s from the Alliance for Excellent Education, who found that almost half a million of teachers in the United States moved from their jobs or left the profession completely. Specifically, 227,016 teachers moved and 230,122 teachers left the profession according to this study, making it in total, about 13% of the American workforce of 3.4 million public school teachers.

Numbers like those are certainly a call to everybody’s attention, but more than that, why the retention rates for teachers are so low?

Another study, conducted by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education released in April 2014, had made a deeper investigation on the reasons for the attrition of new teachers and found that more than 45% of the teachers did it due to dissatisfaction with their conditions at work, followed by almost 40% who adduced their attrition to the pursuing of another job.

Knowing these as the primary reasons for the low retention rates should give a path to start changing the ways teachers are approached in their daily duties as well during their whole career. Better tools, conscious support, continuous training and feedback in a timely and appropriate manner could help out to start to make a change on these rates. Specialized companies, just like Teachers R Us that provides help throughout the recruiting process and prepares their teachers with adequate training, can be a great asset for schools to fight back the teacher’s attrition.

The Alliance for Excellent Education states that the teacher attrition costs the United States up to $2.2 billion annually. That is a huge figure, but it is not that huge if compared to the enormous loss that the students have in the quality of the education that they receive, which deprives them from the possibility of a better development if a first class education existed.

Concrete actions need to be taken in regards of this serious problem in order to continue educating the citizens of tomorrow in every classroom in the best possible way. Let’s follow that path.