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Teachers on the Move

Teachers on the Move

We’ve looked into how teachers move from school A to school B. Here’s what we found. 16% of all teachers on DonorsChoose.org with more than 1 posted project have taught in multiple schools. Play with the data here: https://hackingeducation.looker.com/x/QBCG7gt (contact us to get your login)



> Outflow of teachers from rural to urban schools outpaces urban to rural trend by 32pp

> Out of every 100 moving urban teachers, 94 stay in urban areas

> Out of every 100 moving rural teachers, only 62 will stay in rural areas, with the remaining 38 moving to urban or suburban schools.

> However, before declaring this trend as rural brain drain, consider that 88% of all “moving” teachers on DonorsChoose.org are either from or shifting to urban areas. This means that in absolute terms, a great majority of teachers choose to stay in urban areas after the move.

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Here’s how teacher movement away from rural areas has changed over time. A drop in 2016 and 2015 is not indicative of a decline. It simply means that not enough time has passed for teachers to make a move.

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> 86% of all teachers who move schools are teachers from low income schools (largely because 80% of all of our teachers are from low income schools)

> Unlike some research that suggests that teachers move away from low income schools in favor of upper income schools, DonorsChoose.org teachers serving low income schools overwhelmingly (84%) choose low income schools for the continuation of their teaching career. Moreover, majority (54%) of teachers from upper income schools select low income schools as their new places of work. This trend loosely suggests that DonorsChoose.org teachers are more likely to be dedicated to solving educational inequity by choosing more challenging places of work. This could also mean that DonorsChoose.org has played a role in encouraging teachers to stay or move their work to low income schools – places that need innovative* teachers the most.

> To be our own devil’s advocate, however, the data could be giving us an incomplete picture. In fact, lower income —> upper income teacher movement might be a real trend that our data doesn’t capture because teachers who make that move are dropping out of using DC.org entirely, so we don’t have any data on them. Our hunch is that teachers who move from a low income to upper income schools have a lot more resources than they’re used to, and so don’t have to rely on DonorsChoose.org

Play with data: https://hackingeducation.looker.com/x/Ws9htjx



> 90% of teachers who move schools, move within their original city or state

The map below connects TO and FROM schools. Red and yellow means many teachers are moving within that defined (mostly city) area. While green lines illustrate that only a handful of teachers make cross state/cross country moves.

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Teachers who ceased using our platform exhibit the same migration pattern as teachers who are still active with us (not moving from low income in favor of upper income) https://hackingeducation.looker.com/x/f7kQ84H

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