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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How Effective Are Loan Forgiveness and Service Scholarships for Recruiting Teachers?
Apr 26, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini
How Effective Are Loan Forgiveness and Service Scholarships for Recruiting Teachers?
Apr 26, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini
Resource description

This brief reviews the evidence that supports using student loan forgiveness and service scholarships to recruit and retain high-quality teachers to the subjects and communities where they are most needed.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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Understanding teacher layoffs during times of teacher shortages
Mar 23, 2017
Resource type:
Op-Ed
Author:
Patrick M. Shields, Roberta Furger
Understanding teacher layoffs during times of teacher shortages
Mar 23, 2017
Resource type:
Op-Ed
Author:
Patrick M. Shields, Roberta Furger
Resource description

This commentary piece explains the apparent contradiction when teachers are being laid off during a reported statewide teacher shortage and suggests evidence-based policies to address the shortage.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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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.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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The Special Education Teacher Crisis: Who’s Teaching Our Most Vulnerable Students?
May 16, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas
The Special Education Teacher Crisis: Who’s Teaching Our Most Vulnerable Students?
May 16, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

This blog highlights programs and state-level strategies to attract, prepare, and retain enough special education teachers to meet school and district needs.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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California Teacher Workforce Trends Signal Worsening Shortages
Feb 8, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
California Teacher Workforce Trends Signal Worsening Shortages
Feb 8, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This brief describes how the teacher shortage in California has worsened, with severe consequences for special education, math, science, and bilingual education. It includes recommendations for state-level policies that would provide near-term solutions for strengthening the teacher pipeline.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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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.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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