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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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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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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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Diversifying the Teaching Profession Through High-Retention Pathways
Apr 19, 2018
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas
Diversifying the Teaching Profession Through High-Retention Pathways
Apr 19, 2018
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

This brief 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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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
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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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

This brief summarizes the evidence on teacher shortages in the U.S., including shortages in specific fields and national and regional trends in teacher supply and demand, and describes local, state, and federal policies to support the recruitment and retention of a quality teacher workforce.


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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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Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession
Aug 29, 2018
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Danny Espinoza, Ryan Saunders, Tara Kini, Linda Darling-Hammond
Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession
Aug 29, 2018
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Danny Espinoza, Ryan Saunders, Tara Kini, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This report focuses on six evidence-based policies states are pursuing to address teacher shortages, identifying 40 states that have implemented the policies, and provides a close look at Washington State’s comprehensive approach.


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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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