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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Schools Throughout the Country are Grappling with Teacher Shortage, Data Show
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Schools Throughout the Country are Grappling with Teacher Shortage, Data Show
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Hundreds of districts across the country are grappling with a growing teacher shortage — especially in key areas such as math and special ed. Increasingly, teachers in areas like math and science are leaving for higher-paying private sector jobs after a few years. As a result, many teachers who remain are being asked to do more, and class sizes are growing. The two main reasons teachers are leaving are that they aren’t paid enough, and that teaching in the US is too demanding. The article cites some strategies for how to fix this nationwide shortage and retention issue.


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Shortage of Special Educators Adds to Classroom Pressures
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Shortage of Special Educators Adds to Classroom Pressures
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An analysis of federal data by the Education Week Research Center shows that while the number of special education teachers was dropping, the number of students with disabilities ages 6 to 21 declined by only about 1 percent over the same time period. And as a whole, the number of teachers in all fields has gone up slightly over the past decade, as has overall enrollment.


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Relationships Between Novice Teachers’ Social Resources and Workload Manageability
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Relationships Between Novice Teachers’ Social Resources and Workload Manageability
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This study examines how school social resources contribute to novice special education and general education teachers’ perceptions of workload manageability


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Teacher Attrition in Special Education: Perspectives From the Field
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Teacher Attrition in Special Education: Perspectives From the Field
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In this study, the authors conduct several Nominal Group Technique (NGT) focus groups to examine attrition and learn more about the perceived needs and roles of new special education teachers in three specific groups: preservice special education teachers, new special education teachers, and school administrators.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Provider Shortages
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Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Provider Shortages
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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) provides recommendations to Congress for federal solutions to the shortage problem.


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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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How Beginning Special and General Education Teachers Negotiate Role Expectations and Access Professional Resources
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How Beginning Special and General Education Teachers Negotiate Role Expectations and Access Professional Resources
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This paper explores differences in the curricular, instructional, and role expectations experienced by beginning special and general education teachers. It also documents variations in how novices from both groups addressed expectations they encountered. The authors provide evidence that the instructional decisions and resources associated with positive induction experiences for the new special educators in this study seemed to differ from those associated with comparable experiences for the novice general educators. 


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