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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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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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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Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Resource description

This brief outlines 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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Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Fact Sheet, Research
Author:
Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza
Resource description

This fact sheet describes the features of effective teacher professional development and evidence demonstrating positive link between teacher professional development, teaching practices, and student outcomes.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Cade Brumley, Michelle Dickey, Madelyn Gardner, Maria E. Hyler, Kasandra Nelson
Effective Teacher Professional Development
Jun 5, 2017
Resource type:
Research, Webinar
Author:
Cade Brumley, Michelle Dickey, Madelyn Gardner, Maria E. Hyler, Kasandra Nelson
Resource description

This webinar shares findings from a review of studies that demonstrate a positive link between teacher professional development, teaching practices, and student outcomes.


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Effective Training & Support for New Teachers
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Service Scholarships and Forgivable Loans: Investing in Excellent Teachers for America’s Students
May 31, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky
Service Scholarships and Forgivable Loans: Investing in Excellent Teachers for America’s Students
May 31, 2017
Resource type:
Blog, Research
Author:
Anne Podolsky
Resource description

This blog describes how service scholarships and forgivable loans can be important elements in a comprehensive strategy to recruit and retain excellent educators.


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Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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