ERIC Number: ED497176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
The Cost of Teacher Turnover in Five School Districts: A Pilot Study
Barnes, Gary; Crowe, Edward: Schaefer, Benjamin
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
In this paper, we report the results of a pilot study of the cost of teacher turnover in five school districts. We examine the rate of turnover, the relationship between turnover and teacher and school characteristics, and the costs associated with recruiting, hiring, and training replacement teachers. We find evidence that turnover costs, although difficult to quantify, are significant at both the district and the school level. We also find that teachers left high minority and low performing schools at significantly higher rates. This has implications for the differential impact of the costs of teacher turnover on high-need schools. The relationship between teacher turnover and other school and teacher characteristics varied across the five school districts. (Contains 46 tables, 20 figures, and 38 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Labor Turnover, Costs, School Districts, Public Schools, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Selection, Disadvantaged Schools, Teacher Orientation, Institutional Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; New Mexico; North Carolina; Wisconsin
IES Cited: ED560730