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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Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce
Apr 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Kristin Grayson
Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce
Apr 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Kristin Grayson
Resource description

This article reviews the research on the benefits of a diverse teaching workforce, describes evidence-based strategies for recruiting and retaining teachers of color.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond
Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

These slides feature evidence-based policies and practices to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, especially in hard-to-staff subjects, schools, and regions.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Behning, Melody Schopp
Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Behning, Melody Schopp
Resource description

This webinar focuses on evidence-based policies and practices to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, especially in hard-to-staff subjects, schools, and regions.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Talking Points: Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Talking Points
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Talking Points: Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Talking Points
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Resource description

These talking points will equip you to articulate key arguments for policies that promote effective training and support for new teachers with a variety of audiences, including policymakers and nonexperts.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Barnett Berry, Patrick M. Shields
Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Barnett Berry, Patrick M. Shields
Resource description

This article describes the successful efforts of California and North Carolina in the 1990’s to strengthen the profession and build coherent systems of teacher development through policy solutions to teacher shortages. The article also describes how those efforts were dismantled and the impact of that dismantling.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Competitive Compensation
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Q&A: Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Q&A
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Q&A: Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Q&A
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Resource description

These sample questions and answers will help you answer the tough questions you’re likely to face when advocating for policies that support e ective training and support for new teachers.


Related policy solutions
Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Sticky Schools: How to find and keep teachers in the classroom
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Sticky Schools: How to find and keep teachers in the classroom
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This article reviews five proven strategies for improving teacher recruitment, performance, and retention.


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