New Report Highlights the Real Teacher-Retention Crisis in America

Our friends from the Foundation for Excellence in Education and the Chiefs for Change recommend a new TNTP report, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools.” It examines the teacher-retention crisis through the experiences of a group referred to as the “Irreplaceables” – teachers who are so successful that they are nearly impossible to replace. It is estimated that the nation’s 50 largest school districts lose approximately 10,000 of these teachers every year. According to the study, when one of them leaves a low-achieving school, it can take 11 hires to find just one teacher of comparable quality. The study highlights the biggest reasons for teacher turnover among this group, and recommends strategies to help keep the best teachers in the classroom.
Also see Opportunity Culture from Public Impaact for strategies to leverage teacher talent with technology.
Chiefs for Change is a coalition of state school chiefs and leaders that share a zeal for education reform. Together, they provide a strong voice for bold reform on the federal, state and local level. It is committed to putting children first through bold, visionary education reform that will increase student achievement and prepare students for success in colleges and careers. Learn more at

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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