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 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.


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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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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, 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:
Brief, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

This brief summarizes the evidence on teacher shortages in the U.S., including shortages in specific fields and national and regional trends in teacher supply and demand, and describes local, state, and federal policies to support the recruitment and retention of a quality teacher workforce.


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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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Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession
Aug 29, 2018
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Danny Espinoza, Ryan Saunders, Tara Kini, Linda Darling-Hammond
Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession
Aug 29, 2018
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Danny Espinoza, Ryan Saunders, Tara Kini, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This report focuses on six evidence-based policies states are pursuing to address teacher shortages, identifying 40 states that have implemented the policies, and provides a close look at Washington State’s comprehensive approach.


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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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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Slides
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:
Research, Slides
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

These slides present the evidence for the teacher shortage, as well as national and regional trends in teacher supply and demand.


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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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What’s the Cost of Teacher Turnover?
Sep 12, 2017
Resource type:
Interactive Tool
What’s the Cost of Teacher Turnover?
Sep 12, 2017
Resource type:
Interactive Tool
Resource description

This interactive tool allows users to estimate the cost of teacher turnover in schools and districts around the country and provides recommendations for evidence-based policies to reduce turnover.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Speaking of Salaries: What It Will Take to Get Qualified, Effective Teachers in All Communities
May 20, 2011
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Frank Adamson, Linda Darling-Hammond
Speaking of Salaries: What It Will Take to Get Qualified, Effective Teachers in All Communities
May 20, 2011
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Frank Adamson, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This research report examines how and why teacher quality is so inequitably distributed and the impact of that distribution on student achievement. The authors discuss successful strategies for recruiting qualified and effective teachers to high-need schools, and the implications for federal policy to resolve the issue.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Competitive Compensation
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Why Do Teachers Leave?
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Infographic, Research
Why Do Teachers Leave?
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Infographic, Research
Resource description

This infographic illustrates the reasons teachers leave their classrooms and presents evidence-based policies that can slow the teacher exodus.


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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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