A Possible Dream: Retaining California Teachers So All Students Learn
California can ease its critical teacher shortage and encourage teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools by making meaningful improvements to the teaching and learning environment.
Based on an online survey of nearly 2,000 teachers, this report provides insights into the reasons teachers leave, and offers recommendations on what California policymakers and education leaders can do to get more qualified teachers to stay.
The report cites research showing 22 percent of California teachers leave the profession after their first four years in the classroom. Additionally, 10 percent of teachers transfer away from high-poverty schools each year. California spends more than $455 million each year to recruit, hire, and prepare replacement teachers.
The most serious consequence of high teacher turnover is the loss of continuity, experience, and expertise that negatively impacts the education experience of students.
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