1) A recent survey of more than 30,000 teachers found that 89% were enthusiastic about teaching when starting out but only 15% still were today. Plus, 70% said they “often” feel their work is stressful, and 80% recently feel exhausted mentally and physically at the end of the work day. Also, 75% spend at least 2 hours on school work either before or after the school day.
2) According to U.S. Department of Education statistics, of 1,990 first-year teachers, after 5 years, about 70% remained in their original schools, 10% had changed schools, and 17% had quit.
3) ACT, Inc. found that only 5% of about 1.85 million high school grads in 2014 intended to become teachers.
4) Teach for America has seen a 21% drop in applications since 2013, and teacher prep programs have experienced a 31% decline in enrollment since 2008.
5) 28.09% of ASCD readers said the testing opt-out movement is not very prevalent in their area, but 15.36% said it’s very prevalent.
6) Across New York state, at least 165,000 students–one in 6–sat out at least one or the 2 standardized tests this year.
7) Only 30 of the 440 districts where data was available met the 95% standardized test participation rate required by the government; 2 years ago, everyone took them.