Research on Education Strategies to
Advance Recovery and Turnaround
Post-Pandemic Onset Public School Teacher Retention and Mobility in Virginia
From the brief: "One feared consequence of how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted public education is its potential negative impacts on teacher retention and mobility. Each spring, teachers decide whether and where to teach the following school year. Following the abrupt end to the 2019-20 school year in March 2020, there were increased concerns that teachers would choose to stop teaching. If they did return to the classroom, the concern was that they would transfer to another school. This was due in part to the stresses of reopening the following year and adjusting to the newly mandated COVID-19 protocols and remote instruction. In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), we examine this issue in the Commonwealth in this brief by describing how teacher retention and mobility changed after the onset of the pandemic."