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Middle school-specific takeaways stand out across research, leading to SC TEACHER’s latest report

As data findings particular to middle schools have continued to emerge across SC TEACHER’s educator pipeline research, their latest release pulls together those takeaways to help state education leaders better understand middle school teacher experiences.


What it is

  • This four-page data visualization synthesizes research from SC TEACHER’s in-depth reports on teacher working conditions, retention, and more.
  • Findings look into how principals, poverty level, and specific challenges in the work environment may affect teacher experiences.
  • Data shows how enhanced mentorship, stable leadership, and additional, targeted supports could help support middle school teacher retention.


Why it matters

Better understanding how strengths and opportunities differ among school levels (e.g., middle schools) can help state and school district leaders consider programs and policies addressing the nuanced needs of teachers, especially those in potentially more challenging environments.


SC TEACHER is a research consortium housed in the USC College of Education, focused on the educator pipeline and working conditions in South Carolina public schools. They release SC-centric research findings monthly.

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