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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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
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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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The Role of School-Based Colleagues in Shaping the Commitment of Novice Special and General Education Teachers
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The Role of School-Based Colleagues in Shaping the Commitment of Novice Special and General Education Teachers
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This paper explores how colleague relationships are critical for the experiences of beginning teachers, as are the school organizational norms that these beginning teachers experience. For special education teachers in particular, perception of colleague support was a strong predictor of retention plans. Similar results were seen with respect to their perception of the level of collective responsibility among the faculty. Taken together, these results suggest that schools and districts should make efforts to facilitate productive relationships between general and special education faculty, as well as to differentiate induction support for beginning special educators.


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A Review of Teacher Induction in Special Education: Research, Practice, and Technology Solutions
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A Review of Teacher Induction in Special Education: Research, Practice, and Technology Solutions
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This paper provides a comprehensive review of what is known about teacher induction in special education and outlines recommendations for the design of induction programs and further research.


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Critical Shortages in Special Education Teachers. Sound Familiar?
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Critical Shortages in Special Education Teachers. Sound Familiar?
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This blog addresses the reasons special education teacher leave the workforce and provides some strategies for creating school environments where special educators and their students can thrive.


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Building and Sustaining School-University Partnerships in Rural Settings: One Approach for Improving Special Education Service Delivery
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Building and Sustaining School-University Partnerships in Rural Settings: One Approach for Improving Special Education Service Delivery
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This paper describes one teacher preparation program’s efforts to strengthen and extend existing partnerships with a small group of primarily rural school districts.


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