Data shows strong teacher retention in Utah despite pandemic

By: | April 19, 2021

Despite concerns that the pandemic would drive many teachers away and exacerbate a longstanding teacher shortage in the state, more Utah teachers stayed in their jobs this year than they have over the last five years, according to data from the Utah State Board of Education.

Malia Hite, educator licensing coordinator with USBE, told KUER-FM the retention rate between the 2019-20 and current school years was 93%, compared to 90-91% in previous years.

“That is significant,” Hite said. “The theory that everybody is leaving is actually not supported with data at all.”

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