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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A Review of Teacher Induction in Special Education: Research, Practice, and Technology Solutions
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A Review of Teacher Induction in Special Education: Research, Practice, and Technology Solutions
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This paper provides a comprehensive review of what is known about teacher induction in special education and outlines recommendations for the design of induction programs and further research.


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Working Conditions as Risk or Resiliency Factors for Teachers of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
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Working Conditions as Risk or Resiliency Factors for Teachers of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
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This pilot study examined working conditions reported by special education teachers of students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) to identify factors common to teachers likely to leave their positions within the next 2 years and factors common to those likely to stay.


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Quality Alternative Certification Programs in Special Education Ensure High Retention
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Quality Alternative Certification Programs in Special Education Ensure High Retention
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Alternative certification is a viable means of recruiting, training, and certifying those who have a bachelor’s degree and a strong desire to enter the field of teaching. This cross-sectional study surveyed 124 California State University Alternative Route (Intern) program participants. Ten critical features located in three seminal studies framed the research conducted and provided quality features to enhance retention of teachers.


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Long Story Short: How Can We Alleviate the Shortage of Special Education Teachers?
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Long Story Short: How Can We Alleviate the Shortage of Special Education Teachers?
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Teacher shortages is a severe problem in special education. In this video interview, Lynn Holdheide, AIR principal technical assistance consultant, discusses her work with the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform Center (CEEDAR) to address the shortage and support students with disabilities.


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Critical Shortages in Special Education Teachers. Sound Familiar?
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Critical Shortages in Special Education Teachers. Sound Familiar?
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This blog addresses the reasons special education teacher leave the workforce and provides some strategies for creating school environments where special educators and their students can thrive.


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Building and Sustaining School-University Partnerships in Rural Settings: One Approach for Improving Special Education Service Delivery
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Building and Sustaining School-University Partnerships in Rural Settings: One Approach for Improving Special Education Service Delivery
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This paper describes one teacher preparation program’s efforts to strengthen and extend existing partnerships with a small group of primarily rural school districts.


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The Special Education Teacher Crisis: Who’s Teaching Our Most Vulnerable Students?
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The Special Education Teacher Crisis: Who’s Teaching Our Most Vulnerable Students?
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This blog highlights programs around the country that show promise for filling the pipeline of special education teachers who are well prepared to meet the needs of their students and to remain in the profession. It also offers program and funding strategy considerations that states can use to build a cadre of special education teachers who are well prepared to support the growth and achievement of their students – and who stay in the profession.


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