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Building Experience and Retention: The influence of principal tenure on teacher retention rates

This study investigates the influence of principal tenure on the retention rates of the teachers they hire over time. We analyzed the hiring practices and teacher retention rates of 11,717 Texas principals from 1999 to 2017 employing both individual and year fixed effects. Main findings indicate that a principal who stays in the same school for at least three years begins to hire teachers who stay to both three- and five-year benchmarks at increasingly higher rates. However, the average Texas principal leaves a school after four years and while we do find small positive gains in the initial retention rates of teachers at the next school, the majority of principal improvement in teacher retention does not appear to be portable.

Keywords
principal hiring, educational policy, principal/teacher turnover, leadership, regression analyse
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/5y92-vr93

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Guthery, Sarah, and Lauren P. Bailes. (). Building Experience and Retention: The influence of principal tenure on teacher retention rates. (EdWorkingPaper: 21-348). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/5y92-vr93

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