Principal Attrition and Mobility: Results from the 2012–13 Principal Follow-Up Survey, July 2014

This report comprises statistical tables describing principal attrition and mobility, and was based on a sample of 7,500 public and 1,700 private schools. The report includes statistics on levels of education and the experience of principals as well as information on school climate and working conditions.

Unequal Access, Unequal Results: Equitable Teacher Distribution in Miami-Dade County Public Schools

This report analyzes the distribution of teachers in Miami-Dade County and examines whether teacher quality varies with socioeconomic factors across the county. The paper is specific to Miami-Dade County, but the issues examined have been identified by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights as common across the United States. Findings show that Black students are more likely than White students to be taught by first-year teachers or uncertified/unlicensed teachers and those teachers are likely to be paid less.

On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers

In this report, the Alliance for Excellent Education examines why teacher turnover rates are high among beginning teachers and recommends a comprehensive induction program to increase teacher retention, especially among new teachers. 

Attaining Equitable Distribution of Effective Teachers in Public Schools

This report from the Center for American Progress examines policies and practices that states, districts, and schools can leverage to improve the overall quality of the educator workforce and ensure that all students have access to effective teachers. 

Mid- and Late-Career Teachers Struggle With Paltry Incomes

This brief from the Center for American Progress looks at compensations rates for teachers across the states and finds that not only are teachers being paid less than they deserve, they are not being paid enough to support their families. In order to stem attrition rates and encourage good teachers to remain in the profession, some states and districts have implemented innovative compensation schemes. The brief takes a look at some of them and finds that initial results are promising.

Shortchanged: The Hidden Costs of Lockstep Teacher Pay

This TNTP report on teacher compensation puts forward the case for rewarding teachers according to their performance. Currently, nearly 90 percent of school districts use a “lockstep” approach to compensating teachers—awarding salary increases that are either based on years of experience, advanced qualifications, or some combination of the two. The report looks at issues with the recruitment and retention of teachers under lockstep pay systems and examines several districts that are adopting innovative compensation methods to attract and retain high-performing teachers into their classrooms.

West Meets East: Best Practices from Expert Teachers in the U.S. and China

Working on the basis that great teachers are fundamental to successful student outcomes, this book examines the practices of successful teachers in two countries, the United States and China; highlights successful practices from both countries; and reflects on ways in which the East and West have much to learn from each other. The book includes chapters focused on a range of topics, including instructional practice and classroom organization and management, and a chapter-by-chapter study guide to encourage thoughtful reflection.


Lacking Leaders: The Challenges of Principal Recruitment, Selection, and Placement

This report examines five urban school districts and the challenges they face in identifying, selecting, and recruiting school leaders. The report suggests that districts need to reimagine the role of a principal, with the dual goals of making the role attractive to talented leaders and equipping leaders to execute their role successfully.

From Good to Great: A Study of Teacher Perspectives on Factors Influencing Effectiveness

This research brief and accompanying discussion starter tool are based on the insights of 300 National and State Teachers of the Year collected through a first-of-its-kind exploratory survey. The report includes teachers’ reflections on the professional experiences and supports that have made them highly successful teachers, and provides education leaders and policymakers with needed information about the professional experiences that help teachers move from good to great.

The Changing Role of the Principal

In this report, the Center for American Progress looks at the increasing demands placed on principals in today’s schools, which are leading to growing rates of attrition in the field. The report includes an examination of the changing landscape of school leadership and the increasing demands of teacher evaluation and development and instructional improvement, which coexist alongside more traditional administrative duties.


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