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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Sticky Schools: How to find and keep teachers in the classroom
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Sticky Schools: How to find and keep teachers in the classroom
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This article reviews five proven strategies for improving teacher recruitment, performance, 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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Solving Teacher Shortages: Blog Series
Apr 26, 2017
Resource type:
Blog
Author:
Multiple authors
Solving Teacher Shortages: Blog Series
Apr 26, 2017
Resource type:
Blog
Author:
Multiple authors
Resource description

A series of blog posts highlighting innovative, evidence-based initiatives and policies for building a strong and stable teacher workforce.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World
Jun 6, 2017
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Empowered Educators: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality Around the World
Jun 6, 2017
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Resource description

This fact sheet summarizes how other countries have redesigned their education systems–including systems for recruiting, preparing, supporting, and compensating teachers–for higher performance and greater equity.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Q&A: Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Q&A
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Q&A: Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Q&A
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Resource description

These sample questions and answers will help you answer the tough questions you’re likely to face when advocating for policies that establish service scholarships and student loan forgiveness.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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Talking Points: Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Talking Points
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Talking Points: Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Talking Points
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Resource description

These talking points will help you advance key arguments for service scholarships and student loan forgiveness with a variety of audiences, including policymakers and nonexperts.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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Where Have All the Teachers Gone?
Sep 18, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond
Where Have All the Teachers Gone?
Sep 18, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This blog post describes the extent and impact of current teacher shortages and suggests evidence-based solutions to address them.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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