There Are More Inexperienced Teachers Now Then Any Other Time In History

09.05.12 | Sarah Harnisch

Teachers with 10 years or less of teaching experience now comprise 52 percent of the teaching force. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed the most recent federal surveys and found that in a bid to replace retiring teachers and those who quit, schools are hiring large numbers of fresh-out-of-college educators.

High attrition rates, combined with rising hiring rates, have created a more then 3-fold increase in the number of inexperienced teachers. In the 1987 to 1988 school year, 65-thousand first-time teachers taught our kids. By 2007, the number was 200-thousand. The U.S. Education department says the trend will likely continue.