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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Washington State Taps Paraeducators to Fill Special Education Teacher Shortage
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Washington State Taps Paraeducators to Fill Special Education Teacher Shortage
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A new law passed in July aims to shrink the special education teacher shortage in Washington state by providing an easier path to teaching certification for paraeducators, also known as instructional aides or teacher assistants.


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Southern New Hampshire University Launches New Degree in Clinical Education
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Southern New Hampshire University Launches New Degree in Clinical Education
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Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester launched its new clinical master’s degree program during the 2018-19 academic year. The program offers dual certification in elementary and special education or early childhood and early childhood special education. It is designed to prepare teacher candidates for certification and to ensure that new educators have the required skills, competencies, knowledge, and dispositions specifically needed to support the development and learning of students in elementary grades (K-8) and general special education (K-12).


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Does Teacher Preparation Matter for Beginning Teachers in Either Special or General Education?
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Does Teacher Preparation Matter for Beginning Teachers in Either Special or General Education?
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This study examines how extensive preparation in pedagogy and practice teaching contributed to the attainment of the two key NCLB indicators of a highly qualified teacher: full certification and in-field teaching.


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Metasynthesis of Preservice Professional Preparation and Teacher Education Research Studies
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Metasynthesis of Preservice Professional Preparation and Teacher Education Research Studies
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This study examines the relationships between 14 different types of preservice teacher preparation practices. Teaching quality, preschool to university student performance, and university student and beginning teacher belief appraisals are reported. Findings indicate that active university student and beginning teacher involvement in mastering the use of instructional practices and both knowledge and skill acquisition by far stood out as the most important preservice teacher preparation practices.


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Comparisons of Traditionally and Alternatively Trained Teachers
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Comparisons of Traditionally and Alternatively Trained Teachers
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This paper present findings from a comparative study of 3 teacher preparation prototypes: traditional, university-district partnership, and district add-on programs.


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What Makes Special-Education Teachers Special? Teacher Training and Achievement of Students with Disabilities
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What Makes Special-Education Teachers Special? Teacher Training and Achievement of Students with Disabilities
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This paper examines the impact of pre‐service preparation and in‐service formal and informal training on the ability of teachers to promote academic achievement among students with disabilities. It finds that pre‐service preparation in special education has statistically significant and quantitatively substantial effects on the ability of teachers of special education courses to promote gains in achievement for students with disabilities, especially in reading.


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