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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teachers of color

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Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, and Retention: 1987-2013
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Richard Ingersoll, Henry May
Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, and Retention: 1987-2013
Sep 15, 2016
Resource type:
Brief, Research
Author:
Richard Ingersoll, Henry May
Resource description

This brief summarizes the results of a study of the recruitment, employment, and retention of minority k-12 teachers, examining the extent and sources of the minority teacher shortage and offering evidence-based solutions.


Related policy solutions
Teaching Conditions & Supportive Leadership
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Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce
Apr 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Kristin Grayson
Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse, High-Quality Teacher Workforce
Apr 2017
Resource type:
Article, Research
Author:
Desiree Carver-Thomas, Kristin Grayson
Resource description

This article reviews the research on the benefits of a diverse teaching workforce, describes evidence-based strategies for recruiting and retaining teachers of color.


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