More than half of Alabama’s first-time teachers leave the classroom

before the end of three years,  creating a “churning turnover” that is costly

and increasingly difficult for some districts to improve. The report put the national five-year exit rate at 44%.

Alabama’s current efforts to keep teachers in the classroom aren’t enough

the report states, costing taxpayers millions of dollars every year.

Schools pay a minimum of $10 million to $15 million every year to replace them, according to the report.

ACES criticized the state’s lack of data on teacher vacancies, a standard measurement used by other states

that could help pinpoint where needs are the greatest.

Districts should provide more help for new teachers, according to ACES. 

Teacher mentoring programs, where a new teacher is paired with a veteran teacher for the first two years of employment

are used in 134 of Alabama’s 137 school districts. Currently 4,213 new teachers are being mentored in Alabama.