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State Policy Levers to Address Teacher Shortages

Teacher shortages continue to be a challenge for state policymakers, and while national media coverage paints a picture of widespread shortages, a closer examination reveals that shortages tend to be concentrated in specific subjects and schools. The primary policy response to shortages is often to recruit more teachers, but research demonstrates a need to balance recruitment with retention via a strategic, specific and comprehensive approach.

This Policy Guide highlights factors that impact teacher shortages across the country and provides key state policy levers to strengthen teacher retention, from interest in the field through career advancement.

For more information on the teacher workforce, see the following resources:

  • A 50-State Comparison that includes a state-by-state view of teacher recruitment and retention policies.
  • A Policy Brief that highlights the benefits of clinical experience in teacher preparation programs.
  • A Policy Brief that details state-level action intended to diversify the teacher workforce.


June 1, 2022

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