Providence’s Teacher Shortage

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Providence Counts assembles facts and figures from a variety of sources to illustrate different aspects of the city. This week we look at teacher turnover in the Providence Public School District. The number of teachers resigning has steadily increased over the last five years and has more than doubled since 2019-20. PPSD actually has lower teacher turnover than most urban districts, according to the authors of a new Annenberg Center study. Yet that still leaves hundreds of students without assigned classroom teachers for weeks or months at a time. Meanwhile, progress toward a diverse teacher workforce has been painfully slow.

 
172 – Teacher resignations in the year prior to Sept 2023.

81 – Teacher resignations in the 2019-2020 school year

111 – Unfilled classroom teacher positions at the start of the current school year.

36.2% – Percent of teacher applicants who are people of color.

24.5% – Percent of new teachers hired in 2023-24 who are people of color.

22.4% – Percent of all teachers who are people of color at the start of the current school year.

19.8% – Percent of all teachers who were people of color at the start of the 2019-20 school year.

35 – Number of new teachers who transitioned from teacher assistant positions.

 
All data from Staffing Schools in Providence: Tracking Key Metrics by John Papay, Kate Donahue, Nate Schwartz and Bila Djamaoeddin, 2024