IAC Education Provider Staff Turnover Survey – A Preliminary Analysis
In June, IAC sent a survey to our schools to help determine an employee turnover rate for our teachers and teacher assistants. We believe that this data will demonstrate the significant staff turnover our schools are facing and the impact the high turnover has on our children. IAC received responses from 32member schools and preschools, many of whom were shocked at the actual number of teachers and teacher assistants who left their schools from July 1, 2016 until May 26, 2017. We received responses from Education providers in the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland.
Here is some preliminary data based on the 32 schools:
853 Schools: Teacher Turnover Rate is 28% - There were eight 853 Schools with teacher turnover rates above 30% and three above 40%. One IAC school had a teacher turnover rate of 57%. This school lost 16 out of their 28 teachers in less than one year.
Teacher Assistant Turnover Rate is 29% - There were seven 853 Schools with teacher assistant turnover rates above 30% and three above 40%. One IAC school had a teacher assistant turnover rate of 60%. This 853 School lost 73 of their 122 teacher assistants in less than one year.
4410 Preschool Programs: Teacher Turnover Rate is 30% - There were twelve 4410 Preschools with teacher turnover rates above 30% and five above 40%. One IAC Preschool had a teacher turnover rate of 60%. This preschool lost 6 out of their 10 teachers in less than one year.
Teacher Assistant Turnover Rate is 26% - There were eight 4410 Preschools with teacher assistant turnover rates above 30% and seven above 40%. One Preschool had a teacher assistant turnover rate of 64%. This preschool lost 23 of their 36 teacher assistants in less than one year.
What is the Estimated Financial Cost of this Staff Turnover to our Education Providers? - Based on a National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future study of 5 school districts, the average cost to replace a teacher ranges from $4,000 to $8,000. (Click on this link for more details: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED497176.pdf ) If we take the very conservative estimate of approximately $4,000 per teacher to be replaced the cost would be over $1.2 million based on the survey data that we received. If we were to consider the teacher assistant costs and estimate that cost at $3,000 per teacher assistant the cost would be more that $2 million.
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