The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is surpassing state averages in retaining early-career teachers, with a 76% retention rate in 2022 compared to Arizona’s overall 69%. Only 2.45% of SUSD teachers switched districts, half the state rate, demonstrating the success of district strategies like professional development and mentorship programs. The district believes retaining experienced teachers positively impacts student outcomes and contributes to SUSD’s ongoing success.
Scottsdale Unified School District Surpasses State in Retaining Early-Career Teachers
The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has achieved a remarkable feat by outperforming the state in retaining first- to fourth-year teachers. The latest data reveals SUSD’s teacher retention rates surpass Arizona’s averages. In 2022, SUSD retained 76% of early-career teachers, outpacing Arizona’s average of 69%.
SUSD also demonstrated its success in fostering a stable work environment, as only 2.45% of teachers switched districts compared to the state’s 5.24%. Alexis Wilson, SUSD’s assistant superintendent of human resources, attributed this success to strategies such as professional development, mentorship programs, and a supportive work environment geared towards retaining valuable teaching talent.
“SUSD is a preferred destination for educators amidst a landscape of growing teacher shortages,” said Wilson. “Our end goal is to create a safe, positive, and stable learning environment for educators and students alike.”
The district’s emphasis on retaining experienced teachers also contributes significantly to enhancing student academic performance. “Experienced teachers play a crucial role in boosting student achievement,” said Dr. Karen Benson, SUSD’s associate superintendent. “Our focus on keeping experienced teachers improves student outcomes and adds to SUSD’s established legacy of success.”
In a time when teacher recruitment and retention pose a national challenge, SUSD’s achievements highlight its commitment to creating a supportive and engaging work environment. It has firmly established itself as an attractive employment destination in Arizona’s education sector, succeeding in attracting and retaining top-tier teaching talent.