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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The Teacher Residency: An Innovative Model for Preparing Teachers
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Roneeta Guha, Maria E. Hyler, Linda Darling-Hammond
The Teacher Residency: An Innovative Model for Preparing Teachers
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Roneeta Guha, Maria E. Hyler, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This report details the features of teacher residency programs—an innovative approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers for hard-to-staff schools.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Teacher Residencies: Building a High-Quality, Sustainable Workforce
Jan 19, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Roneeta Guha, Tara Kini
Teacher Residencies: Building a High-Quality, Sustainable Workforce
Jan 19, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Roneeta Guha, Tara Kini
Resource description

This brief summarizes the features of teacher residency programs—an innovative approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers for hard-to-staff schools.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Legislative Principles: Designing a State-Level Teacher Residency Program
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Legislative Principles: Designing a State-Level Teacher Residency Program
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Resource description

This document outlines evidence-based principles that should be included in legislation regarding state-level teacher residency programs.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Teacher Residencies in California
Jan 19, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Teacher Residencies in California
Jan 19, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Resource description

This brief describes how teacher residency programs in California help meet critical hiring needs in both urban and rural areas.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Effective Teacher Professional Development Promotes Powerful Learning
Aug 14, 2017
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Blog, Research
Author:
Linda D. Friedrich
Effective Teacher Professional Development Promotes Powerful Learning
Aug 14, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Linda D. Friedrich
Resource description

This blog, by Linda Friedrich of the National Writing Project, describes how this successful program supports teacher professional development and provides leadership opportunities.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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California must do much more to invest in a strong teacher workforce
May 31, 2017
Resource type:
Op-Ed, Research
Author:
David Rattray
California must do much more to invest in a strong teacher workforce
May 31, 2017
Resource type:
Op-Ed, Research
Author:
David Rattray
Resource description

This commentary piece makes the “business case” for evidence-based solutions to ending the teacher shortage because teachers are critical to school and student success.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Resource description

This report details key components of effective teacher professional development and offers rich descriptions of model programs to inform education leaders and policymakers seeking to leverage professional development to improve student learning.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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