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Table 2 Teacher dismissal rates in the 2006–2007 year, 2007–2008 SASS data, all teachers

From: How do teachers respond to tenure?

  Average number of teachers per district Number of teachers who were dismissed or did not have their contracts renewed Percentage of teachers who were dismissed or did not have their contracts renewed
United States 211.4 4.4 2.1%
Highest 5 States    
South Dakota 59.8 7.1 11.9%
Alaska 166.1 9.6 5.8%
Minnesota 128.8 4.8 3.7%
Alabama 384.7 14.1 3.7%
Oklahoma 75.7 2.7 3.6%
Lowest 5 States    
Nevada 1,527.4 8.6 0.6%
Delaware 227.5 1.2 0.5%
Pennsylvania 180.9 0.9 0.5%
North Dakota 46.2 0.2 0.4%
Arkansas 123.0 0.3 0.2%
  1. Note: Of the ~3,780 districts, only 18% of districts fired a tenured teacher for poor performance.
  2. Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), “Public School District Data File,” 2007–08.