Bellwether Surveys State Tracking Methods for Teacher Shortages
February 9, 2018

Many advocates across the country report teacher shortages as a key priority area, but the way that states track their relevant data can widely vary. A new Bellwether Education Partners publication outlines state methods for tracking and reporting teacher supply and demand, including the extent, geographic spread, and content areas of teacher shortages.

As the resource explains, accessible data is a key factor in ensuring that policymakers can effectively address specific supply and demand challenges. Bellwether’s slide deck highlights examples from 15 states’ supply and demand reports. Key insights include:

  • States use a variety of strategies to display trends in educator demand, including disaggregating hiring data by in-state vs. out-of-state and tracking employment rates by subject area.
  • Maryland and a few other states use a multi-step formula for determining shortage areas.
  • Georgia tracks the percentage of in-state completers of traditional preparation programs who find jobs.
  • Most state reports feature a high-level snapshot comparing supply versus demand.

According to Bellwether, the slide deck provides “a roadmap for states that want to learn more about their specific teacher landscape and improve the pipeline of high-quality teachers into their schools.”

The resource was adapted from a project in partnership with PIE Network member Advance Illinois. For more information on teacher shortages in Illinois, check out Advance Illinois’ data maps, which compare districts’ funding adequacy to their level of unfilled teacher positions, and also break down teacher vacancies by subject area.

Eric Eagon

Eric is PIE Network's Senior Director, Educator Voice and Policy

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