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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Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Resource description

This brief outlines key components of effective teacher professional development and offers rich descriptions of model programs to inform education leaders and policymakers seeking to leverage professional development to improve student learning.


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Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Resource description

This fact sheet describes the features of effective teacher professional development and evidence demonstrating positive link between teacher professional development, teaching practices, and student outcomes.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Cade Brumley, Michelle Dickey, Madelyn Gardner, Maria E. Hyler, Kasandra Nelson
Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Cade Brumley, Michelle Dickey, Madelyn Gardner, Maria E. Hyler, Kasandra Nelson
Resource description

This webinar shares findings from a review of studies that demonstrate a positive link between teacher professional development, teaching practices, and student outcomes.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Differences in Performance Within Schools: Why So Much Greater Than in Other Countries?
Sep 8, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Marc Tucker
Differences in Performance Within Schools: Why So Much Greater Than in Other Countries?
Sep 8, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Marc Tucker
Resource description

This blog discusses how expectations for students and the way schools are organized largely explain why U.S. students vary in performance within the same schools more than their peers in other countries. School organization includes teaching conditions, and support for new teachers.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Uncertified Teachers and Teacher Vacancies By State
Nov 9, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Table
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Leib Sutcher
Uncertified Teachers and Teacher Vacancies By State
Nov 9, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Table
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Leib Sutcher
Resource description

This table lists the number of uncertified teachers and teacher vacancies for every state for which there is teacher workforce data. It uses the most recent single year of data for each state—either 2015–16 or 2016–17—and includes descriptions that give a state-specific explanation of the information and a link to the data source.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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To judge teacher effectiveness parents must look at the whole school
Sep 6, 2017
Resource type:
Op-Ed
Author:
Tara Kini
To judge teacher effectiveness parents must look at the whole school
Sep 6, 2017
Resource type:
Op-Ed
Author:
Tara Kini
Resource description

This commentary piece explains to policymakers and parents the supports necessary to ensure that teachers can be effective.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color
Apr 19, 2018
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas
Diversifying the Teaching Profession: How to Recruit and Retain Teachers of Color
Apr 19, 2018
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

This report examines national data and recent research on the barriers teachers of color face entering and staying in the profession. It includes recommendations to increase teacher workforce diversity.


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