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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Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness?
Jun 3, 2016
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Report, Research
Author:
Tara Kini, Anne Podolsky
Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness?
Jun 3, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Tara Kini, Anne Podolsky
Resource description

This review of research finds that teaching experience is, on average, positively associated with student achievement gains throughout a teacher’s career, especially in collaborative school environments.


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Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness?
Jun 3, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Tara Kini, Anne Podolsky
Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness?
Jun 3, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Tara Kini, Anne Podolsky
Resource description

This brief summarizes the key findings from a critical review of the relevant research to determine whether teachers, on average, improve in their effectiveness as they gain experience in the teaching profession.


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How Investing in Teacher and Leader Professional Development Can Support Student Success
Aug 28, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner
How Investing in Teacher and Leader Professional Development Can Support Student Success
Aug 28, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner
Resource description

These slides highlight findings from a longer report showing that teachers’ professional development improves students’ academic outcomes. The Learning Policy Institute reviewed 35 methodologically rigorous studies and identified seven key common elements of effective professional development, which states and districts can use to design effective professional learning programs.


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Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, and Retention: 1987-2013
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Richard Ingersoll, Henry May
Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, and Retention: 1987-2013
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Richard Ingersoll, Henry May
Resource description

This brief summarizes the results of a study of the recruitment, employment, and retention of minority k-12 teachers, examining the extent and sources of the minority teacher shortage and offering evidence-based solutions.


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

This report details 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:
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 Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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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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