Policy Issues in Nevada Education
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Teacher attrition and retention present an immediate, undesirable challenge for education in Nevada. While an increase in enrollment in the student population necessitates an increase in teachers, teacher retention rates across the state of Nevada range from 14 percent in Pershing County to 30 percent in Clark County and 75 percent in Mineral County from 2012-2015. In addition to the disadvantages to students when teachers leave the profession, there is also a substantial cost to districts. Research in urban settings suggests that replacing a new teacher in a district can range from $12,000 to more than $26,000. Factors that help retain teachers include strong professional collegial environments, supportive leadership, professional development aligned with present teaching contexts, induction programs that provide new teachers with mentoring and coaching from experienced teacher leaders, reduced teaching loads, positive personal support from administrators, and collaborative experiences with colleagues. In addition, teacher pay has always been a factor in retaining quality teachers. Teaching is a demanding profession, but low pay can leave teachers feeling undervalued and contribute to their attrition.
Retaining Nevada’s Teachers: Issues and Solutions.
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