A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand and Shortages in the U.S.
This report from the Learning Policy Institute uses federal databases to analyze current trends in teacher shortages and to project future shortage trends. It identifies four principal factors that drive teacher shortages: high attrition rates, increasing student enrollment, declining teacher preparation enrollment, and district attempts to reduce student-teacher ratios. With a projected shortfall of around 300,000 teachers by 2020, the report identifies some policy strategies that could be used to improve recruitment and selection practices.