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TNTP Report Unearths Real Retention Crisis in Urban Schools

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Jul 30, 2012

Today the New Teacher Project released "The Irreplaceables," a report to help us better understand the "real retention crisis in America's urban schools." This "real crisis" refers to the failure not only to retain enough teachers but to retain the right teachers, naming the top 20% of teachers in studied districts "the irrepreplaceables," or teachers so successful that they are nearly impossible to replace.

The report documents the ways in which these teachers are successful and the ways in which failing to harness and appreciate these teachers is damaging turnaround efforts and preventing the teaching profession from earning the prestige it deserves. The report makes two recommendations:

  1. Make retention of Irreplaceables a top priority
  2. Strengthen the teaching profession with higher expectations.

"The Irreplaceables" has already garnered the attention of the Washington Post, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan. Learn more and read the full report on the New Teacher Project website.

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