Publication date: October 2017
Oklahoma school districts have been facing a historic teacher shortage, which is projected to continue. Recruiting and retaining quality teachers is particularly difficult in the state's rural areas, which make up 70 percent of Oklahoma’s public school districts.
New research from REL Southwest analyzes 10 years of data to identify teacher, district, and community characteristics associated with successful teacher recruitment and retention in Oklahoma's rural districts. While the state's rural schools face distinct challenges compared to urban or suburban schools, considerable variability also exists in rural regions, adding to the challenge of developing policies for rural schools.
This study was conducted in collaboration with the Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance. The findings highlight the need to develop and focus specific recruitment and retention policies that support rural school districts. In addition, the study provides valuable information for districts to consider when deciding whether to adopt or broaden recruitment and retention initiatives.
Related research alliance: Oklahoma Rural Schools
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