Teacher Recruitment and Retention

In the face of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and its highly qualified teacher requirements, rural school districts are forced to confront significant obstacles to the recruitment and retention of teachers. Dwindling or static enrollment, a severe teacher shortage, and lower relative salaries for teachers all combine to threaten the ability of rural districts to both recruit and retain these qualified teachers.

The links below provide a glimpse of the extant research on teacher recruitment and retention in rural areas, as well as critiques of NCLB.

District Administration: Persuading Teachers to Go Rural

Education Week: Rural Education

Education World: Scrambling for Staff

Finders Keepers: Recruiting and Retaining Teachers in Rural Schools

Recruiting Quality Teachers in Mathematics, Science, and Special Education for Urban and Rural Schools

Rural Schools and the Challenge of Teacher Retention

USDA NAL: Rural Education


Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers: Background report for the United States (PDF)
U.S. Department of Education, International Affairs Office (2004)

How Are Rural School Districts Meeting the Teacher Quality Requirements of NCLB? (PDF)
American Association of School Administrators (2003)
AASA completed a study of rural school administrators with regard to recruiting and retaining teachers and complying with the teacher quality requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in cooperation with AEL Inc.

The Competitive Disadvantage: Teacher Compensation in Rural America (PDF)
Lorna Jimerson (2003)
This report published by the Rural School and Community Trust compares rural teacher salaries with those of their urban and suburban counterparts.