The 2023 State of Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education Report highlights significant challenges and changes in the field of education in the United States. Key issues include the widespread problem of low teacher pay, with 78% of educators recognizing this as a serious concern. There’s a growing need for uniformity in teacher salaries across states. Teachers are also increasingly spending out of their pockets for basic classroom supplies. Another critical issue is the lack of respect for teachers from the public, affecting their professional satisfaction.
The report also discusses the importance of diversity in teaching, with policies focusing on racial and linguistic diversities, such as Grow Your Own programs, Registered Apprenticeships, and Teacher Residencies. High school pipeline programs are also part of these efforts.
Regarding teacher attrition, about 8% of public school teachers left the profession in 2021, with retirement cited as a common reason. Teachers are seeking better work-life balance and more autonomy in their roles.
The report suggests the way forward includes continued policy development, greater resource allocation, and ongoing support for teachers to address these challenges.