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By Stephen Sawchuk — September 23, 2014 1 min read

Half of teachers leaving the profession report better working conditions in their new jobs, according to a new federal study of teacher retention and mobility.

The data come from a nationwide follow-up survey that was administered to a subsample of teachers who participated in the National Center for Education Statistics’ Schools and Staffing Survey in 2011-12.

Of the 3.4 million public school teachers teaching that year, the data find that 84 percent stayed at their schools, 8 percent went to a different school, and 8 percent left the profession during the following year.

Among those who left the profession altogether in 2012-13, 51 percent said they had a more manageable workload, and 53 percent reported better working conditions in their current positions.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 24, 2014 edition of Education Week as Teaching

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