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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Solving the Teacher Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Excellent Educators
Sep 15, 2016
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Report, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Solving the Teacher Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Excellent Educators
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This report reviews an extensive body of research on teacher recruitment and retention, identifies key factors that influence decisions to enter, stay in, or leave the profession, and offers evidence-based recommendations for local, state, and federal policymakers.


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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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Solving the Teacher Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Excellent Educators
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Solving the Teacher Shortage: How to Attract and Retain Excellent Educators
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This brief summarizes research on teacher recruitment and retention, identifies key factors that influence decisions to enter, stay in, or leave the profession, and offers evidence-based recommendations for policymakers.


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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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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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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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State Policymakers Respond to Teacher Shortages
Apr 26, 2017
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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
Resource type:
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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