From the National Council on Teacher Equality
By Eric Duncan
The buzz around a “national” teacher shortage has gained a lot of steam, despite some pretty
compelling national data suggesting otherwise. Here NCTQ provides some information pertaining to teacher hiring and retention that may prove useful to you in your reporting. In some places in America, there are shortages — some of them quite severe. In other places, there are not. The biggest problems the nation faces are chronic shortages of some kinds of teachers (e.g. STEM, special education). These shortages, for the most part, are not new, but have lasted now for decades. Teacher prep programs, school districts, and states have yet to enlist the solutions necessary to systematically reduce shortages in some subjects and in some schools — because most of the solutions require additional funds, tough decisions to steer teacher candidates towards high-demand subject areas, and paying teachers different salary amounts.
Absent the local data we so desperately need, here are some national figures:
Schools are hiring lots of teachers. New data from the US DoED show that the teacher workforce has grown by more than 400,000 teachers in just the last four years, while the student population has not. It’s safe to say that such growth would not be achievable under shortage conditions.
Abou h ationa ounci eache uality:
The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group, committed
to modernizing the teaching profession and based on the belief that all children deserve
effective teachers. We recognize that it is not teachers who bear responsibility for their
profession's many challenges, but the institutions with the greatest authority and influence over
teachers. More information about NCTQ can be found on at www.nctq.org.