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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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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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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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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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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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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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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The Teacher Residency: An Innovative Model for Preparing Teachers
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Brief, Report
The Teacher Residency: An Innovative Model for Preparing Teachers
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Brief, Report
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Newly emerging teacher residency programs seek to address teacher shortages by offering an innovative approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers for hard-to-staff schools. This report summarizes the features of these programs and research about their practices and outcomes.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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