HONOLULU (AP) - More beginning teachers in Hawaii public schools seem to be sticking with the profession.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that state data shows that 60 percent of the nearly 800 teachers hired in 2010-11 were still employed last school year, marking the highest retention rate in at least a decade.
The five-year mark is critical because experts say it most likely determines whether a teacher will stay in the field.
Research shows that teaching is the most popular job in the country but in 2012 the average teacher only stayed for five years.
That's down from the 15 years in the 1980s.
The Department of Education says the average is 12 years for Hawaii.
The DOE data does not include public charter school teachers.