The Impact of the Teacher Vacancy Crisis, Part I

09/22/2020
The Impact of the Teacher Vacancy Crisis, Part I

With more and more teachers seeking alternate employment, and fewer teachers entering the profession, the teacher shortage is continuing to grow. This shortage is making quality substitute teachers more critical than ever, but also harder and harder to find.

13.8% of teachers are either leaving their school or leaving teaching altogether after the school year.1

There was a 37.8% drop in teacher preparation program enrollment between 2008 and 2016.1

On average, schools that recruit their own substitute teachers are only able to fill 73% of classrooms each day.

The ongoing search for substitute teachers is taking a toll on our schools.

IMPACT ON YOUR BUDGET

IMPACT ON YOUR BUDGET

It costs an average of $21,000 to fill each teacher vacancy.3

IMPACT ON YOUR TIME

IMPACT ON YOUR TIME

Principals spend 1/3 of their time on administrative tasks (HR and budgets).4

IMPACT ON YOUR RETENTION

IMPACT ON YOUR RETENTION

1 in 5 teachers plan to leave in the next two years due to an “out of control” workload.5

IMPACT ON RECRUITMENT

IMPACT ON RECRUITMENT

Only 4.25% of entering freshmen choose teaching, a 45-year low.6

 

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Sources: 1. García, E., & Weiss, E. (2019, April). U.S. schools struggle to hire and retain teachers: The second report in the “The perfect storm in the teacher labor market” series. Retrieved from https://www.epi.org/multimedia/teacher-shortages-hiring-and-retention/ 2. García, E., & Weiss, E. (2019, March 26). The teacher shortage is real, large and growing, and worse than we thought. Retrieved from https://www.epi.org/publication/the-teacher-shortage-is-real-large-and-growing-and-worse-than-we-thought-the-first-report-in-the-perfect-storm-in-the-teacher-labor-market-series/ 3. Mulvaney Hoyer, K., & Sparks, D. (2017, December). How principals in public and private schools use their time: 2011–12. Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018054.pdf 4. Weale, S. (2019, April 15). Fifth of teachers plan to leave profession within two years. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/apr/16/fifth-of-teachers plan-to-leave-profession-within-two-years 5. Flannery, M. (2016, March 15). Survey: number of future teachers reaches all-time low. Retrieved from http://neatoday.org/2016/03/15/future-teachers-at-all-time-low/

 

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