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States take different approaches to closing teacher shortages in early ESSA plans

May 25, 2017

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Many of the methods to combat teacher shortages incorporated in the submitted plans deal with the low rates of teacher recruitment, but fewer directly address teacher retention rates, besides suggestions to boost pay.

An NPR report found that approximately 8% of teachers leave the field each year, contributing to the low numbers of educators. A report analyzed this massive gap, saying if the country could reduce that rate to 4%, the teacher shortage could be sufficiently addressed.

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