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 Role of Principals in Addressing Teacher Shortages
Feb 27, 2017
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The Role of Principals in Addressing Teacher Shortages
Feb 27, 2017
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Brief, Research
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This brief summarizes research on the important role that principals can play in reducing the steady churn of teachers and highlights actions states and districts can take to strengthen school leadership.


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Investing in Effective School Leadership: How States Are Taking Advantage of Opportunities Under ESSA
Jun 13, 2017
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Brief, Research
Author:
Danny Espinoza, Jessica Cardichon
Investing in Effective School Leadership: How States Are Taking Advantage of Opportunities Under ESSA
Jun 13, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Danny Espinoza, Jessica Cardichon
Resource description

This brief summarizes the evidence about the importance of principals, describes research-based practices in leadership development, and outlines promising, evidence-based investments in state plans submitted under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


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Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Feb 27, 2017
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Report, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Anne Podolsky, Danny Espinoza
Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Feb 27, 2017
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Report, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Anne Podolsky, Danny Espinoza
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This report analyzes the research on quality preparation and professional development programs for principals, highlighting examples of effective programs and providing guidance for policymakers.


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Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Feb 27, 2017
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Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Anne Podolsky, Danny Espinoza
Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Feb 27, 2017
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Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Anne Podolsky, Danny Espinoza
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This fact sheet summarizes the elements of high-quality principal preparation that are associated with positive school outcomes, and describes programs shown to produce effective principals.


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How High-Quality Principal Preparation and Development Pays Off for Students, Schools, and States
Feb 27, 2017
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Infographic, Research
How High-Quality Principal Preparation and Development Pays Off for Students, Schools, and States
Feb 27, 2017
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Infographic, Research
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This infographic illustrates how high-quality principal preparation and development benefits students, schools, and states.


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Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Jun 19, 2017
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Social Media Tools
Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Jun 19, 2017
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Social Media Tools
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These shareable graphics illustrate why effective principals matter, what they do, and programs for developing them.


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Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Jun 19, 2017
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Supporting Principals Learning: Key Features of Effective Programs
Jun 19, 2017
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Social Media Tools
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Sample Tweets and Facebook posts highlighting the ways principals’ professional development can help solve teacher shortages.


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