BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — New information released this week by the Louisiana Department of Education reports that more teachers are choosing to stay in the state.

According to the 2021-22 Educator Workforce Snapshot, overall teacher retention increased by two points to 86% and first-year teacher retention increased by five points to 83%.

Other findings reported by LDOE said the percentage of certified teachers increased by two points to 69% and the average teacher salary increased by $1,268 to $52,174.

“This is an enlightening report that shows Louisiana’s comprehensive recruitment and retention plan is working. Even with this early progress, we must remain laser focused,” said State Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley. “Every educator deserves quality pay, strong leadership, and to be valued as professionals. This encouraging data is early proof of what can happen when you listen to teachers and create an environment where their voice matters.”

LDOE said the state has implemented a plan for recruitment and retention including pay raises, creating a teacher advisory council, a fund established in last year’s regular legislative session for scholarships, a million dollars allocated expanding pre-educators pathways and new legislation allowing those with master’s degrees in any field to become a teacher.