Education Report Roundup

Teacher Turnover Seen as Costly to Nation

By Sean Cavanagh — August 15, 2005 1 min read

“Teacher Attrition: A Costly Loss to the Nation and to the States,” is posted by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

The nationwide cost of replacing teachers who either quit the profession or change schools is nearly $5 billion a year, concludes an analysis of teacher turnover.

The Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit that studies school issues, estimates that the annual cost of replacing teachers varies from $8.5 million annually in North Dakota to as much as $504 million a year in Texas. Roughly 1,000 teachers across the nation leave the profession every schoolday, according to the study, released in an Issue Brief this month. Those estimates exclude retirees.