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March 2013 | Volume 55 | Number 3
Focus on Retention: How to Keep Your Best Teachers
In the United States, teacher turnover for most districts is close to 20 percent, with higher rates in urban districts and for new teachers. Instability poses challenges to student achievement and district budgets. Experts offer strategies to help schools retain their most effective teachers.
The National Commission on Teaching and America's Future estimates that the national cost of public school teacher turnover could be over $7.3 billion a year. A high rate of teacher turnover hampers student achievement, hurts staff morale, and impedes a school's ability to move forward.
It's natural to want to throw everything at a problem so pervasive, but a growing number of experts argue that using a "kitchen sink" approach actually deepens attrition. It's time for a smarter, differentiated approach to teacher retention.
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