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Alliance Report on Teacher Attrition Highlighted Across Education News

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July 21, 2014 02:13 pm

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The Alliance’s new report  On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers released July 17, was a major topic of discussion following a panel briefing and webinar. Check out the articles below featuring the report’s state-by-state attrition costs and the comprehensive induction programs to improve teaching effectiveness and retention:


‘“Roughly half a million U.S. teachers either move or leave the profession each year,” reads a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education. And this kind of turnover comes at a steep cost, not only to students but to districts: up to $2.2 billion a year.’ NPR

‘Amid intense debate about new education standards, and teacher tenure and pay, the Alliance for Excellent Education has turned the focus to new teachers – and their tendency to quit. Researchers estimate that over 1 million teachers move in and out of schools annually, and between 40 and 50 percent quit within five years.’ The Hechinger Report

‘Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, said the high turnover rate disproportionately affects high-poverty schools. “The monetary cost of teacher attrition pales in comparison to the loss of human potential associated with hard-to-staff schools that disproportionately serve low-income students and students of color,” said Wise.’ The Detroit News

‘The report stated that without “access to excellent peers and mentors and/or opportunities for collaboration and feedback,” teachers’ performance in high-poverty schools stall within a few years and the teachers depart for green pastures — at rates roughly 50 percent higher than in affluent schools. Ultimately, the report notes, these hard-to-staff schools become known as “places to leave, not places in which to stay.”’ The Journal

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