CPRE : Consortium for Policy Research in Education

What the National Data Tell Us About Minority Teacher Turnover

Research by Richard Ingersoll and Henry May

Recruitment, Retention and the Minority Teacher Shortage Released in September 2011 by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education and the Center for Educational Research in the Interest of Underserved Students, this 50-page research report empirically grounds the debate over minority teacher shortages by examining national data on trends in the recruitment, employment and retention of minority teachers. The data show that efforts over recent decades to recruit more minority teachers, and place them in disadvantaged schools, have been very successful. But, these efforts have also been undermined because minority teachers have lower retention — largely because of poor working conditions in their schools. Download a copy.

The Minority Teacher Shortage: Fact or Fable? Published in the September 2011 issue of Phi Delta Kappan, this is a brief 4-page summary of the above report on the status of the minority teacher shortage. Download a copy.

Start date: 
May 2009
End date: 
September 2011