08/11/2011 11:57 am ET Updated Oct 11, 2011

Top 5 Reasons Why Teacher Turnover Is Rising

Just as high school dropout and graduation rates are a persistent issue of concern in the education arena, teacher turnover rates are similarly troubling.

Almost half of teachers leave the field after just five years, according to the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future, and the debate surrounding how to keep teachers in the profession is still evolving.

This in-and-out filtering of educators creates discontinuity and costs school districts across the country $2.2 billion annually, according to social action network Take Part.

So why are all these teachers packing up their desks and leaving the classroom? Here are the top five reasons, from our friends at Take Part. To read more about each, visit

Top Five Reasons Teacher Turnover Is on the Rise