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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Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Sep 19, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Teacher Turnover: Why It Matters and What We Can Do About It
Sep 19, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

These slides describe the causes of teacher turnover and present recommendations for reducing that turnover and retaining teachers.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What Districts Can Do
Nov 30, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What Districts Can Do
Nov 30, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This fact sheet, based on a comprehensive review of the research on teacher recruitment and retention policies, identifies district policies that can ease shortages, while also prioritizing student learning and a strong 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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Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What States Can Do
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Addressing the Teacher Shortage: What States Can Do
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky, Tara Kini, Joseph Bishop, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This fact sheet, based on a comprehensive review of the research on teacher recruitment and retention policies, identifies state policies that can ease shortages, while also prioritizing student learning and a strong 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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Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce
Apr 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Kristin Grayson
Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce
Apr 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Kristin Grayson
Resource description

This article reviews the research on the benefits of a diverse teaching workforce, describes evidence-based strategies for recruiting and retaining teachers of color.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond
Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

These slides feature evidence-based policies and practices to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, especially in hard-to-staff subjects, schools, and regions.


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

These talking points will help you advance key arguments for policies designed to improve teaching conditions and create supportive leadership with a variety of audiences, including policymakers and nonexperts.


Related policy solutions
Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Behning, Melody Schopp
Building a Strong, Sustainable Teacher Workforce
Oct 26, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Robert Behning, Melody Schopp
Resource description

This webinar focuses on evidence-based policies and practices to recruit and retain high-quality teachers, especially in hard-to-staff subjects, schools, and regions.


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