Commentary: The Cost of Teacher Turnover in Math and Scienceby: Steven Long

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Personnel turnovers can create instability for students, schools, and school districts. What are the costs of these changes? What are the causes of these changes? What information can research contribute to understanding the situation? In October 2006, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) invited 40 leaders in education, research, math, and science to discuss these issues. A number of significant points emerged from the NCTAF symposium and areas where additional research is needed were identified. This article outlines the findings of the symposium and describes five recommendations for future research on teaching quality in math and science.

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  • on Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:32 PM

The article summarizes the findings of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future symposium in 2006. The five key points were: better data collection is essential on the rate of turnovers by region, district etc…, policymakers need to address the high needs areas of math and science in consideration of the lack of teachers moving into these fields as careers, policymakers need to implement interventions to create and retain newer teachers in math and science, policymakers need to work with proven effective interventions to improve retention rates, and partnerships with higher education and school districts need to be implemented to further enhance the retention rate. For more on this topic, there is information, including contact information, provided within the article.

Susanne Hokkanen  (Orland Park, IL)
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)

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