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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Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Provider Shortages
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Brief
Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Provider Shortages
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Brief
Resource description

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) provides recommendations to Congress for federal solutions to the shortage problem.


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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
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Brief, Report
A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
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Brief, Report
Resource description

This report analyzes evidence of teacher shortages, looks at national and regional trends in teacher supply and demand, and investigates policy strategies that might mitigate these effects based on research about effective approaches to recruitment and retention.


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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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The Impact of Incentives to Recruit and Retain Teachers in “Hard-to-Staff” Subjects: An Analysis of the Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program
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Research
The Impact of Incentives to Recruit and Retain Teachers in “Hard-to-Staff” Subjects: An Analysis of the Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program
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Research
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This paper investigates the effects of the Florida Critical Teacher Shortage Program (FCTSP), a statewide program designed to increase the supply of teachers in “hard-to-staff” areas. FCTSP had three elements: (a) it provided loan forgiveness to teachers who were certified and taught in designated shortage areas; (b) it compensated teachers for the tuition cost of taking courses to become certified in a designated shortage area; and (c) for a single year, it gave bonuses to high school teachers who were certified and taught in a designated subject area. 


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Calling All Teachers: Flexing Your Advocacy Muscles to Address Teacher Shortages
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Op-Ed
Calling All Teachers: Flexing Your Advocacy Muscles to Address Teacher Shortages
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Op-Ed
Resource description

This op-ed explores why policy makers need to hear from teachers about how teacher shortages in schools and the quick fix remedies provided are affecting them, their students, and their school.

Reprinted with permission from https://mslbd.org/what-we-do/rethinking-behavior.html


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Competitive Compensation
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The Special Education Teacher Crisis: Who’s Teaching Our Most Vulnerable Students?
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Blog
The Special Education Teacher Crisis: Who’s Teaching Our Most Vulnerable Students?
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Blog
Resource description

This blog highlights programs around the country that show promise for filling the pipeline of special education teachers who are well prepared to meet the needs of their students and to remain in the profession. It also offers program and funding strategy considerations that states can use to build a cadre of special education teachers who are well prepared to support the growth and achievement of their students – and who stay in the profession.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Service Scholarships and Forgivable Loans: Investing in Excellent Teachers for America’s Students
May 31, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky
Service Scholarships and Forgivable Loans: Investing in Excellent Teachers for America’s Students
May 31, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky
Resource description

This blog describes how service scholarships and forgivable loans can be important elements in a comprehensive strategy to recruit and retain excellent educators.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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Legislative Principles: Designing State Loan Forgiveness and Service Scholarship Programs
Feb 22, 2018
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Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Legislative Principles: Designing State Loan Forgiveness and Service Scholarship Programs
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Resource description

This document outlines evidence-based principles that should be included in legislation regarding state loan forgiveness and service scholarship programs.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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