High Schoolers' Interest in Teaching Drops

Only 4% of high schoolers in the class of 2015 who took the ACT said they planned to become teachers, counselors, or administrators. That’s 3% less than the class of 2010 and 5% lower than 20 years ago. Unfortunately, that 4% is not made up of the highest achievers in their class; statistics show that the students planning to go into education are below-average achievers, especially in math and science.

 “High school students are becoming less and less interested in becoming teachers, a trend that's picking up speed at an ‘alarming’ rate, the ACT said Wednesday.”

“High school students are becoming less and less interested in becoming teachers, a trend that's picking up speed at an ‘alarming’ rate, the ACT said Wednesday.”

These figures are concerning given that many states are already facing a teacher shortage. That’s one reason we at Elevate Teachers think it’s so important to give teachers the status and recognition they deserve. If we make teaching careers more appealing and prestigious, hopefully we’ll be able to reverse these downward trends!

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