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New database reveals teacher turnover rates in Steamboat Springs and across Colorado

Teacher turnover rate

2014-15 school year:

Colorado: 17.1 percent

Steamboat Springs: 12 percent

Hayden: 11 percent

South Routt: 26 percent

2013-14 school year:

Colorado: 16.65 percent

Steamboat Springs: 12 percent

Hayden: 23 percent

South Routt: 15 percent

2012-13 school year:

Colorado: 14.75 percent

Steamboat Springs: 16 percent

Hayden: 22 percent

South Routt: 22 percent

— Teachers in Steamboat Springs are more likely to stay in their positions from year to year than teachers in nearby districts and many other districts across the state, according to state data publicized last week.

A database of Colorado Department of Education information compiled by education news organization Chalkbeat Colorado shows how district turnover rates compare with others across the state.

The database reveals Colorado had a teacher turnover rate of 17 percent in 2014, the highest the state has seen in the past 15 years.



Steamboat’s rate was much lower, at 12 percent for the last two years and 16 percent during the 2012-13 year.

It was also lower, on average, than nearby districts over the past three years, including Hayden, which had turnover rates of 11 percent, 23 percent and 22 percent during the past three years, and South Routt, which had turnover rates of 26 percent, 15 percent and 22 percent during the past three years.



“I was very pleased to see that we were significantly below the state’s average. We’re a full five percentage points below,” said Marty Lamansky, district director of teaching and learning. “And we fare really well with the neighboring districts.”

Statewide, the turnover rate has crept up since 2009, when Colorado saw its lowest turnover rate over the past 15 years, 13.1 percent.

Chalkbeat found the state’s turnover rates are both highest and lowest in various rural districts, where individual teachers’ decisions to stay or leave equate to a larger portion of the district’s turnover rate.

As an example, in South Routt, a district of about 35 teachers, a turnover of 10 teachers is enough to bring the district’s rate to 26 percent, while Steamboat’s loss of 20 of 165 teachers is only a 12 percent turnover rate.

The data includes as turnovers teachers who have retired or returned to college, as well as those who switch professional roles within a district, meaning the actual rates are likely lower than shown in the database, Lamansky said.

“This is probably the highest you could consider it,” said Lamansky, who noted that Steamboat recognized four year-end retirees during a board meeting Monday. “It’s lower than that.”

Overall, Lamansky said he was pleased with the district’s ability to retain teachers, adding that some turnover is inevitable.

“If you can keep your turnover rate at about 10 percent, you’re doing pretty well,” he said. “Overall, it says we’re doing a pretty good job of providing an environment that people want to be in as far as their professional experience.”

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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