A new study by the Learning Policy Institute finds that tackling teacher turnover is critical step in ending the nationwide teacher shortage.
“Growing teacher shortages nationally have made filling vacancies with qualified teachers increasingly difficult. Curbing teacher turnover—that is, all teacher movement out of schools or out of the profession—can go a long way toward solving shortages. About 90% of the nationwide annual demand for teachers is created when teachers leave the profession, with two-thirds of teachers leaving for reasons other than retirement. If school systems can address the factors that create high turnover, they can reduce the demand for teachers who are in short supply.”