These facts come to us with thanks to Richard Ingersoll, professor of education and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Having pored through federal teaching data from 1987 to 2016, he recently released his findings based on data from the National Teacher and Principal Survey. Among them:

FACT: 44% of new teachers leave the profession within five years.

FACT: From the 1987-88 school year to that of 2015-16, the student population grew by 24%. During that time, the teaching force, however, increased by 65%, primarily because of more special education, ESL, math, and science courses being offered, along with the need for more elementary enrichment specialists.

FACT:In 2007-08, the most common age of a public school teacher was 55; today, it’s between the mid-30s to mid-40s.

FACT: In 1987-88, the typical public school teacher had 15 years of experience; in 2015-16, the majority were in their first 3 years of teaching.

FACT: In 2015-16, women made up 76% of the teaching force.

FACT: The percentage of nonwhite public school teachers rose from 12.5% back in 1987-88 to 19.9% in 2015-16.
With my thanks for your continuing support and comments… ~ Carol