ERIC Number: ED498001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
The High Cost of Teacher Turnover. Policy Brief
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future
In 2007, the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF) completed an 18-month study of the costs of teacher turnover in five school districts. The selected districts varied in size, location, and demographics enabling exploration of how these variations affected costs. Costs of recruiting, hiring, processing, and training teachers at both the school and district levels were examined. Findings indicate that the cost of turnover varies from district to district, largely dependent upon the size of the district and the types of induction programs the district implements, but that in all cases, the cost of teacher turnover is substantial. One of the most important steps identified that school districts can take is to recognize that supply side solutions focused on recruiting more teachers will not reduce the high cost of teacher turnover. School districts must first recognize the importance of teacher retention and then develop a comprehensive and coherent human resource strategy to reduce teacher turnover. Citing the high cost of teacher turnover, the document recommends action at both federal and state levels, including: (1) Making retention of highly effective teachers a focus of No Child Left Behind (NCLB); (2) Amending NCLB to hold school leaders accountable for teacher turnover and its costs; (3) Supporting development of coherent school district human resource data systems; (4) Supporting up-front investment in well-designed teacher induction. At the district level, the document recommends: (1) Measuring teacher turnover and its costs; (2) Investing in coherent data-based management of the teacher workforce; (3) Hiring well-prepared teachers; and (4) Targeting implementation of high quality induction programs to at-risk schools. An appendix presents: Calculating the National Cost of Teacher Attrition.(Contains 20 footnotes.) [For associated pilot study, see ED497176.]
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, School Holding Power, Teacher Orientation, Faculty Mobility, Costs, Teacher Persistence, School Districts, Labor Turnover, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Selection, Teacher Education, Beginning Teacher Induction, Teacher Supply and Demand, Accountability, Administrator Responsibility, Human Resources, Data Collection, Disadvantaged Schools
National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. 2100 M Street NW Suite 660, Washington, DC 20047. Tel: 202-429-2570; Fax: 202-429-2571; Web site: http://www.nctaf.org
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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 - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001