What's the Cost of Teacher Turnover?

High teacher turnover—or churn—undermines student achievement and consumes valuable staff time and resources. It also contributes to teacher shortages throughout the country, as roughly 6 of 10 new teachers hired each year are replacing colleagues who left the classroom before retirement. Research shows that urban districts can, on average, spend more than $20,000 on each new hire, including school and district expenses related to separation, recruitment, hiring, and training. These investments don’t pay their full dividend when teachers leave within 1 or 2 years after being hired. Turnover rates vary by school and district, with those in rural and urban settings or that serve high percentages of student in poverty experiencing the highest rates. Use this tool to estimate the cost of teacher turnover in your school or district and to inform a local conversation about how to attract, support, and retain a high-quality teacher workforce. High-leverage strategies are highlighted below.


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Understanding Teacher Shortages: A State-by-State Analysis of the Factors Influencing Teacher Supply, Demand, and Equity
Sep 15, 2016
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Interactive Tool, Research
Understanding Teacher Shortages: A State-by-State Analysis of the Factors Influencing Teacher Supply, Demand, and Equity
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Interactive Tool, Research
Resource description

This interactive tool provides state-specific data that allows you to explore the factors that contribute to the teacher shortage and its consequences in each state.


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State Policymakers Respond to Teacher Shortages
Apr 26, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Tara Kini
State Policymakers Respond to Teacher Shortages
Apr 26, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Tara Kini
Resource description

This blog describes a range of policies states have implemented to solve teacher shortages.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Aug 16, 2017
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Aug 16, 2017
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This report uses data from a nationally representative survey of U.S. teachers to investigate how turnover trends vary across teachers and schools and identifies evidence-based policies to retain high quality teachers.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Aug 16. 2017
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Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Aug 16. 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This brief summarizes trends in and causes of teacher turnover, and describes evidence-based policies to address high rates of teacher turnover.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Sep 19, 2017
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Research, Slides
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Sep 19, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

These slides describe the causes of teacher turnover and present recommendations for reducing that turnover and retaining teachers.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What Districts Can Do
Nov 30, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What Districts Can Do
Nov 30, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This fact sheet, based on a comprehensive review of the research on teacher recruitment and retention policies, identifies district policies that can ease shortages, while also prioritizing student learning and a strong teacher workforce.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What States Can Do
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What States Can Do
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This fact sheet, based on a comprehensive review of the research on teacher recruitment and retention policies, identifies state policies that can ease shortages, while also prioritizing student learning and a strong teacher workforce.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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