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The Qualitative Factors that Affect Teacher Distribution

The Northwest Comprehensive Center released a brief exploring what the research says about factors affecting teacher distribution. According to the brief, even though research confirms the link between more effective teachers and higher student achievement (particularly among low-income students), the schools that need effective teachers the most have more difficulty retaining them. Highlights from the brief, include:

  • Teachers stay longer in schools that have a positive work context, independent of the schools’ student demographic characteristics.
  • Teachers remain in a school because of the school’s culture, the principal’s leadership, and the relationships among colleagues.
May 2015