The ongoing teacher shortage crisis is not news to most school systems. However, to dig a little deeper we analyzed recruiting and hiring data from more than 800 school systems across 45 states. The data revealed an interesting disparity between applicant referral sources (where candidates are coming from) and who actually gets hired.


Applicants by Referral Source


In particular, while only 15% of applications come from referrals, over 30% of educators are hired from those sources

Percent of Applicants
by Referral Source

Percent of Hired Applicants
by Referral Source

With our data also showing that about 1/3 of all educators leave their positions for other teaching positions within the first three years of teaching, it begs the question: is there a connection between district hiring practices and retention?

We use original data and a wealth of outside research to explore this question in more depth.