Teacher Retention

May 13, 2021 • Erin Kolecki

Teacher Retention

As we approach the end of the 2020–2021 school year, it’s important to consider the stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they impact staff retention and teacher burnout.

Teacher retention and the teacher shortage have been topics of concern for school entities nationwide for years. Education Week recently published a special report highlighting results of the EdWeek Research Center’s March 2021 survey on teacher retention trends.

Some takeaways from the report include:

  • More teachers are thinking about leaving the profession now than before the pandemic.
  • Teaching is more stressful now than prior to the pandemic, according to 84 percent of teachers surveyed.
  • Teachers and administrators agree that increased pay would make a big difference in teacher retention.

For more information on the topic, check out Education Week’s article Why Teachers Leave—or Don’t: A Look at the Numbers.


Erin Kolecki is a compensation and HR consultant at TASB HR Services. Send Erin an email at erin.kolecki@tasb.org.


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