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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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Report, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

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.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

This brief summarizes the evidence on teacher shortages in the U.S., including shortages in specific fields and national and regional trends in teacher supply and demand, and describes local, state, and federal policies to support the recruitment and retention of a quality teacher workforce.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S.
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Research, Slides
Author:
Leib Sutcher, Linda Darling-Hammond, Desiree Carver-Thomas
Resource description

These slides present the evidence for the teacher shortage, as well as national and regional trends in teacher supply and demand.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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Understanding Teacher Shortages: A State-by-State Analysis of the Factors Influencing Teacher Supply, Demand, and Equity
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Interactive Tool, Research
Understanding Teacher Shortages: A State-by-State Analysis of the Factors Influencing Teacher Supply, Demand, and Equity
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Interactive Tool, Research
Resource description

This interactive tool provides state-specific data that allows you to explore the factors that contribute to the teacher shortage and its consequences in each state.


Related policy solutions
Service Scholarships & Student Loan Forgiveness , Effective Training & Support for New Teachers , Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership , Competitive Compensation
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