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Report: Scottsdale Schools continue to buck Arizona teacher retention rates

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SUSD officials say the data underscores SUSD’s dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of students. (File Photos/DigitalFreePress)

Scottsdale Schools retain nearly 80% of early-career educators

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Scottsdale Unified School District officials are reporting the local educational entity is outperforming others in Arizona in retaining first- to fourth-year teachers, which they say showcases the district’s commitment to building a committed and experienced teaching staff.

According to the latest data, SUSD’s retention rates for early-career teachers surpass state averages, according to a press release.

In 2022, early-career teachers in SUSD stayed at a rate of 76%, versus the overall Arizona rate of 69%.

Additionally, just 2.45% of SUSD teachers switched school districts; the state rate was 5.24%, a demonstration of the district’s success in creating an environment that encourages educators to stay with the school district and grow in their careers.

“In a landscape where teacher shortages are a growing concern, SUSD stands out as a destination for educators,” said Alexis Wilson, assistant superintendent of human resources at SUSD.

“We have implemented strategies in line with our Strategic Plan to retain valuable teaching talent, such as prioritizing professional development, mentorship programs, and a supportive work environment. Our ultimate goal is to ensure a safe, positive and stable learning environment for both educators and students, because kids!”

The data also underscores SUSD’s dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of students, according to Dr. Karen Benson, SUSD’s associate superintendent

“Experienced teachers, with their wealth of knowledge and honed skills, play a pivotal role in enhancing student academic achievement,” she said. “The district’s emphasis on retaining experienced teachers positively impacts student outcomes and contributes to SUSD’s legacy of success.”

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