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By Curt Yeomans | Gwinnett Daily Post

The percentage of Gwinnett County Public Schools teachers who were hired in 2018 and had left by the summer of 2021 was well above the national average, a consultant told the county’s school board on Thursday.

Alma Advisory Group CEO Monica Rosen said the national average for new teachers who leave their district within their first three years is about 30%, but 42.29% of teachers hired by GCPS in 2018 had left the district by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Many of those teachers had already left the district before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“These numbers are significantly higher than national averages,” Rosen said. “We looked at teacher exit surveys to try and understand this a little bit better and teachers who leave are more likely to indicate a need for mentorship, high quality induction and actionable feedback.