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Why Do Teachers Leave? A Synthesis of Forty Years of Research On Teacher Attrition and Retention

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  • Tuan D. Nguyen, Ph.D.

From research and experience, we know that teachers are the single most important school factor in student learning and achievement. We also know that teacher attrition is an important and salient issue for many schools, particularly in economically disadvantaged or minoritized districts. High teacher turnover is associated with decreased student learning and it is costly to replace teachers on a yearly basis. As such, teacher mobility patterns play an important role in the equitable education of all students, and there is strong evidence of inequities in access to highly effective instruction across schools and districts.

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Publisher:Kansas State University College of Education
Published:July 1, 2020
License:Public Domain

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