Education K-12 M.A.

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Cavalier, Meghan


This literature review examines research studies regarding the causes, impact, and cost of teacher turnover in U.S. schools. Results indicate a strong association between schools with high teacher turnover rates and high rates of students of color. Teachers also report more dissatisfaction with the working conditions and school leadership in schools with high teacher turnover rates. Studies indicate high rates of teacher turnover can have a negative impact on both student achievement and school culture. Overwhelmingly, schools serving a high percentage of students of color bear the majority of this impact. Additionally, schools and districts consume valuable financial resources replacing the teachers that exit positions. Effective turnover reduction methods must address working conditions and provide teachers learning concerning race.

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Education K-12 M.A.

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Masterʼs thesis

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