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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California’s persistent teacher shortage fueled by attrition, high demand, say newly released studies
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California’s persistent teacher shortage fueled by attrition, high demand, say newly released studies
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Article
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California has earmarked nearly $200 million over the last four years to address the state’s persistent teacher shortage, but it is not enough, according to new studies that are part of “Getting Down to Facts II,” a research project focused on a wide array of statewide education issues. The teacher shortage has worsened in recent years as state funding for education improved and districts began lowering class sizes and bringing back programs like summer school and the arts, which were frequently eliminated during the recession, increasing the need for more teachers.


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California Special Education Teacher Shortages Grow More Severe
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Brief, Report
California Special Education Teacher Shortages Grow More Severe
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Brief, Report
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California schools have had persistent difficulties filling special education vacancies, but in the past two years, these shortages have skyrocketed, as evidenced by the growth of substandard special education authorizations. When schools struggle to fill a position with a qualified teacher, they often hire teachers who are still in training or who hold emergency-type permits without training.


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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
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Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Legislative Principles: Designing a State-Level Teacher Residency Program
Feb 22, 2018
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Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
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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
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Brief, Research
Teacher Residencies in California
Jan 19, 2016
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Brief, Research
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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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California Teacher Workforce Trends Signal Worsening Shortages
Feb 8, 2017
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Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
California Teacher Workforce Trends Signal Worsening Shortages
Feb 8, 2017
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Brief, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Linda Darling-Hammond
Resource description

This brief describes how the teacher shortage in California has worsened, with severe consequences for special education, math, science, and bilingual education. It includes recommendations for state-level policies that would provide near-term solutions for strengthening the teacher pipeline.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Speaking of Salaries: What It Will Take to Get Qualified, Effective Teachers in All Communities
May 20, 2011
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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
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Report, Research
Author:
Frank Adamson, Linda Darling-Hammond
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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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Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned
May 1, 2017
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Article, Research
Author:
Barnett Berry, Patrick M. Shields
Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned
May 1, 2017
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Article, Research
Author:
Barnett Berry, Patrick M. Shields
Resource description

This article describes the successful efforts of California and North Carolina in the 1990’s to strengthen the profession and build coherent systems of teacher development through policy solutions to teacher shortages. The article also describes how those efforts were dismantled and the impact of that dismantling.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Competitive Compensation
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