The Cost of Teacher Turnover Study and Cost Calculator

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 – Chicago Public Schools (IL), Milwaukee Public Schools (WI), Granville County Schools (NC), Jemez Valley Public Schools (NM), and Santa Rosa Public Schools (NM).

The selected school districts varied in size, location, and demographics enabling us to explore how these variations affected costs. We examined the costs of recruiting, hiring, processing, and training teachers at both the school and district levels. Our findings indicate that the cost of turnover does vary from district to district, largely dependant upon the size of the district and the types of induction programs the district implements – but in all cases, the cost of teacher turnover is substantial. For more information about these findings, see the:

In addition, NCTAF has developed a Teacher Turnover Cost Calculator to help education leaders determine costs, so that they are in a better position to manage their resources to reduce teacher turnover and improve teaching quality. The Calculator enables school leaders and the general public to estimate the cost of teacher turnover in their own schools and districts. You can use this tool here:

Following the estimate generated by the Calculator, a set of resources are available to schools and districts who wish to go deeper into analyzing and addressing this issue.

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