In this study, we examine the characteristics of beginning teachers and look at factors associated with their retention and mobility. We also examine a specific set of beginning teachers who began their first year of teaching in districts that received BEST (Beginning Educator Support Team) grants from the state to support teacher induction. This report serves as a companion piece to the report issued in January 2017 regarding retention and mobility of all teachers in Washington state.
Teacher retention and mobility are part of a larger state and national conversation about trends in the teacher workforce. This study aims to provide insight into the demographics of Washington teachers and their retention and mobility patterns, and to offer educators and policymakers in Washington state information to inform and enhance decision-making regarding teacher quality policies and practices.