The Kansas Teacher Retention Initiative (KTRI) proudly announces the release of its comprehensive 2023 State Report (completed January 2024), a pivotal document that provides in-depth insights and analysis of Kansas educator experience and retention trends. Building on the foundational 2021 KTRI study, the latest report offers a renewed and longitudinal perspective, focusing on the significant issue of educator turnover. Two-thirds of U.S. school districts report staffing challenges attributable to a national teacher shortage, with many leaving the profession earlier than scheduled and less entering post-secondary programs in pursuit of teacher licensure.
Work was performed by researchers from the Educator Perceptions and Insights Center (EPIC), with active collaboration from the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA), Kansas Association of School Boards (KASB), United School Administrators (USA-Kansas), and Emporia State University. The survey was deployed and administered to all teachers in the State of Kansas. The 2023 KTRI report had increased participation from the previous study, with a total of 24,000 respondents representing approximately 60% of the state’s educator workforce.
The initiative's relaunch underscores a commitment to capturing the voices of educators and addressing the challenges faced in retaining quality teaching professionals, while seeking to measure, understand, interpret and disseminate data-driven insights that local districts and boards of education can use to address their teaching vacancies and retention rates. At the start of 2022, there were 1,628 reported teaching vacancies in the state. Kansas teachers leaving the profession increased by 31% from 20-21, to 21-22, with an economic impact of the cost of teacher turnover projected at $49 million for the state.
2024 Kansas Teacher Retention Survey State Report.pdf
The Kansas Teacher Retention Initiative is focused on measuring, understanding, interpreting, and disseminating data-driven insights regarding the driving factors of teacher retention within school districts and across the state of Kansas.
Gain a research-based understanding of teacher retention in the state of Kansas
Gather input from teachers across the state of Kansas through a standardized survey instrument
Leverage in-depth analytical tools and processes to uncover data-driven insights related to teacher retention.
Communicate practical information to districts and across the state of Kansas to equip administrators with actionable data
Monitor teacher retention over time to track improvements and continually reinforce actionable plans to curb teacher retention