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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Would Higher Salaries Keep Teachers in High-Poverty Schools? Evidence from a Policy Intervention in North Carolina
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Research
Would Higher Salaries Keep Teachers in High-Poverty Schools? Evidence from a Policy Intervention in North Carolina
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Research
Resource description

For a three-year time period beginning in 2001, North Carolina awarded an annual bonus of $1800 to certified math, science and special education teachers working in public secondary schools with either high-poverty rates or low test scores. Using longitudinal data on teachers, this paper estimates hazard models that identify the impact of this differential pay by comparing turnover patterns before and after the program’s implementation, across eligible and ineligible categories of teachers, and across eligible and barely-ineligible schools.


Related policy solutions
Competitive Compensation
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Legislative Principles: Designing State Loan Forgiveness and Service Scholarship Programs
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Legislative Principles: Designing State Loan Forgiveness and Service Scholarship Programs
Feb 22, 2018
Resource type:
Legislative Principles
Author:
Learning Policy Institute
Resource description

This document outlines evidence-based principles that should be included in legislation regarding state loan forgiveness and service scholarship programs.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness
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Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Barnett Berry, Patrick M. Shields
Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned
May 1, 2017
Resource type:
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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