Tennessee educator survey: 1 in 3 teachers would choose another profession or leave for a higher paying job

Aug 26, 2019 by

While the annual Tennessee Educator Survey found there are signs of trouble among the 45,000 teachers who responded, there are also many positives.

One in three Tennessee teachers reports they would choose another profession in hindsight.

As well, one in three also says they would leave teaching altogether if they could find a higher paying job, according to a report released Thursday on the opinions of teachers statewide.

While the annual Tennessee Educator Survey found there are signs of trouble among the 45,000 teachers who responded, there are also many positives for the state.

The report represents the opinions of 62% of the state’s teachers. This year’s snapshot of teacher opinions marks an all-time high response rate.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said the goal from the state is to ensure there are quality teachers in front of students every day and if teachers want to leave the profession that is troubling.

She said the state is working through creating a plan for the state’s education system and it includes teachers and students at the forefront.

“We have to ensure we are treating teachers like the professionals they are and honoring their work,” Schwinn said.

The ninth annual report is meant to capture the feelings of teachers statewide and the questions include a broad range of issues that impact the Volunteer State’s teachers in the hopes the state, districts and schools can make changes to benefit educators.

Schwinn added she personally reviewed the thousands of comments that were submitted from teachers during the survey. The comments include shortening testing and more pay for teachers.

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