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What Happens When Teachers Leave Mid-Year?

With the second half of the school year underway, it’s likely some students don’t have the same teacher they had in the fall. Mid-year teacher turnover doesn’t occur as frequently as end-of-year turnover, but it’s likely more prevalent than most people think.

U.S. teachers leave the profession at higher rates than other countries, but the debate and discussion over teacher attrition – reflected in  research and in the media – focuses on educators exiting the profession before the beginning of a school year,  based on the assumption that’s when turnover occurs. Little is known about teachers leaving mid-year.

It’s a knowledge gap that Christopher Redding of the University of Florida and Gary Henry of Vanderbilt University want to close.