Mathematics and Science Education Attrition, Retention, and Migration: A Study of Three Urban School Districts in the State of Texas

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Higher Edu and Learning Technology

Date of Award

Summer 2013


Teacher attrition has far-reaching implications that contribute to the success of student performance at many different educational levels. Research indicates as many as 50% of public school teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years, and some suggest that as many as 20% to 30% leave teaching after the first year. Attrition is a leading reason for the lack of quality teachers in the school system. This study focused on STEM disciplines, specifically science and mathematics and teacher attrition, retention, and mobility in Texas urban schools. Data were extrapolated from Texas Education Agency (TEA) records and an analysis of data was completed via a nonparametric technique using chi-squared test. The distribution of attrition and retention was the same for each discipline. Additionally no significant difference existed between the two disciplines in terms of attrition and retention rates. Therefore, the researchers failed to reject the null hypothesis that proposed, no differences exist in the attrition and retention rates of secondary science or mathematics teachers.


Rusty Lee Waller

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Technology