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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Preparing and Retaining Effective Special Education Teachers: Short-Term Strategies for Long-Term Solutions
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Preparing and Retaining Effective Special Education Teachers: Short-Term Strategies for Long-Term Solutions
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Many states struggle with shortages of special education teachers (SET). To address the shortage problem in the long term, policymakers, preparation providers, and state and district administrators must ensure that any short-term strategies are combined with a comprehensive plan that includes long-term systemic strategies to strengthen the supply, preparation, and retention of special education teachers.


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The first year of teaching is notoriously tough. Denver is experimenting with a new approach.
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The first year of teaching is notoriously tough. Denver is experimenting with a new approach.
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Denver Public Schools has launched a small pilot that is part of a new district strategy to better prepare new teachers to work in Denver’s many high-poverty schools, which tend to hire more novices. The students in those schools are more likely to be behind academically and in need of top-notch teachers.  In this pilot, DPS will have six “associate teachers” who will teach part-time in a high-poverty school and spend the rest of their time planning, observing, and learning.


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CCSD hires 105 special education teachers from the Philippines to address shortage
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CCSD hires 105 special education teachers from the Philippines to address shortage
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The Clark County School District is once again bringing in special education teachers from the Philippines to address shortages


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Paterson’s special education hiring efforts plagued by problems
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Paterson’s special education hiring efforts plagued by problems
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Low salaries, safety concerns, union issues and a shortage of applicants have undermined the city school district’s efforts to provide hundreds of Paterson children in special education with therapy services for which they have been waiting for almost a year.


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Special Education Teacher Shortage in Central GA
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Special Education Teacher Shortage in Central GA
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Special education teacher shortage in central GA


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North Las Vegas School Asks Special Education Students to Stay Home
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North Las Vegas School Asks Special Education Students to Stay Home
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Several parents at Elizondo Elementary School received last-minute phone calls from their children’s school asking them to keep their students out of school due to a staffing shortage in special education classrooms.


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Maine Schools Face Special Education Teacher Shortage
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Maine Schools Face Special Education Teacher Shortage
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As students head back to the classroom, many Maine school districts are dealing with a special education teacher shortage.


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