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States with the costliest teacher attrition

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
July 22nd, 2014

New report analyzes attrition cost, issues recommendations for teacher support

teacher-attritionTeacher attrition costs the United States up to $2.2 billion a year, and states including California and Texas are among the top when it comes to financial impact.

A new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) examines the reasons teachers leave their profession, analyzes the costs of recruitment and teacher replacement, and offers recommendations to help prevent educator turnover.

About 500,000 teachers move or leave the field entirely each year. High-poverty and urban schools experience a higher rate of turnover, with about 20 percent of teachers in these schools leaving each calendar year. This rate is roughly 50 percent higher than educator turnover in more affluent schools, according to the report.

The teaching profession faces a large shortage as Baby Boomers retire, and studies indicate that new teachers often leave the field in the first three years because they feel isolated and unsupported.

(Next page: States with the highest attrition costs)

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