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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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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Does Teacher Preparation Matter for Beginning Teachers in Either Special or General Education?
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Does Teacher Preparation Matter for Beginning Teachers in Either Special or General Education?
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This study examines how extensive preparation in pedagogy and practice teaching contributed to the attainment of the two key NCLB indicators of a highly qualified teacher: full certification and in-field teaching.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Metasynthesis of Preservice Professional Preparation and Teacher Education Research Studies
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Metasynthesis of Preservice Professional Preparation and Teacher Education Research Studies
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This study examines the relationships between 14 different types of preservice teacher preparation practices. Teaching quality, preschool to university student performance, and university student and beginning teacher belief appraisals are reported. Findings indicate that active university student and beginning teacher involvement in mastering the use of instructional practices and both knowledge and skill acquisition by far stood out as the most important preservice teacher preparation practices.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Metasynthesis of Inservice Professional Development Research: Features Associated with Positive Educator and Student Outcomes
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Metasynthesis of Inservice Professional Development Research: Features Associated with Positive Educator and Student Outcomes
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Findings from a metasynthesis of 15 research reviews of inservice professional development to improve or change teacher content knowledge and practice and student/child knowledge and behavior are described.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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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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Illinois Officials Zero in on Shortages of Special Education, Bilingual Teachers
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Illinois Officials Zero in on Shortages of Special Education, Bilingual Teachers
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The Illinois State Board of Education recently released a report about the best ways to ease the state’s teacher shortage. State officials found that there is a statewide shortage of teachers. The need is acute for special education and bilingual educators in rural and poor school districts.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Competitive Compensation
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