We recently asked the certified members of MSTA to take a brief five-minute survey in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This survey was an opportunity to share what you really think about being an educator in Missouri and be an advocate for your profession.

We have compiled the results and wanted to share them with all of our members who are dedicated educators and work hard to ensure your students’ success.

The results are disheartening, but not a surprise. More than six out of 10 Missouri teachers have seriously considered leaving the profession in the last three years.

The survey further showed that more than eight out of 10 teachers know someone personally who has left the profession in the last three years.

Additional key findings of the survey included:

  • Less than 6 percent of respondents would recommend their chosen profession to their children or friend’s child.
  • Only 37 percent of respondents have not seriously considered leaving the profession in the last three years.
  • The top reasons for wanting to leave the profession include: low pay, stress, student behavior and lack of support from administrators and parents.

You can read more about the survey and see additional results below. We have started the conversation and can promise we will work on your behalf to make changes starting with sharing your feedback directly with the DESE.

Thank you again for all you do for Missouri’s students and education in our state. If you would like to download a copy, you can download it here.