Indiana is Among the Lowest in Teacher Recruitment and Retention

In a recent nationwide study, Indiana received only 2.17 points out of 5 in a review of data including teacher compensation and working conditions. Only Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and the District of Columbia scored lower. The report shows that while enrollment in teacher programs across the country is rapidly declining, demand for teachers is increasing as schools attempt to reduce class sizes.

 “Hoosier educators also earn starting salaries lower than the national average but face among the largest class sizes.” - IndyStar's Chelsea Schneider

“Hoosier educators also earn starting salaries lower than the national average but face among the largest class sizes.” - IndyStar's Chelsea Schneider

Indiana legislators and candidates for office suggest that the low scores may reflect the state’s aggressive approach to education reforms, reliance on standardized testing as a measurement of teacher performance, and proposed solutions failing during the legislative session.

At Elevate Teachers, we’re very concerned about the growing teacher shortage. We hope that Indiana’s low score in this study will open legislators’ eyes to the issues the shortage will cause. We need to support teachers and make education a more appealing career!

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