The Employee Exit Survey is an optional survey that every School District of Philadelphia (SDP) employee can complete upon resigning or retiring from their position. It is an opportunity for employees to share the reasons why they chose to leave SDP and offer any feedback to improve employee retention at SDP. This brief examines survey data collected between August 2017 and April 2021. There were over 1,100 responses collected from school-based and Central Office employees, ranging from support to teaching roles. This analysis focuses on responses from 386 people who self-identified as teachers or school-based instructional staff (for example, English Language teachers [ESOL], or Special Education teachers) and resigned from their positions. Key findings include:
- Close to half (47%) of the 386 teachers and school-based instructional staff survey respondents who resigned from their positions and completed the employee exit survey between August 2017 and April 2021 were employed for 1-3 years.
- Over half (n=204, 57%) of the 386 teachers and instructional staff who resigned and completed the employee exit survey between August 2017 and April 2021 reported they resigned due to reasons and circumstances within the School District of Philadelphia’s (SDP’s) control.
- Half of the 57% who resigned for reasons within SDP’s control (n=99, 48%) said that their supervisor’s leadership/management style was a primary reason.