PowerSchool’s TalentIndex Report Shows Teacher Shortage Is the New Normal in K-12 Education

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Teacher shortages are a reality for many K-12 school districts with increased demand and shrinking applicant pools, according to the new 2018 TalentIndex: K-12 Education Benchmark Report from PowerSchool, the leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions for instruction, learning, and administration.

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“Hiring, developing, and retaining top educators is crucial for student success and students deserve well-trained and well-supported teachers in the classroom,” said Hardeep Gulati, PowerSchool’s CEO.

Teacher shortages are a reality for many K-12 school districts with increased demand and shrinking applicant pools, according to the new 2018 TalentIndex: K-12 Education Benchmark Report from PowerSchool, the leading provider of K-12 education technology solutions for instruction, learning, and administration. The report from the PowerSchool Education Research Forum highlights valuable insights into the K-12 employee experience — from recruitment and hiring to evaluation, contract renewals, and professional learning — and provides data on the often-debated teacher shortage. The report is valuable for district and HR leaders involved in maximizing student achievement, talent decision-making, and operational efficiency.

Data for the TalentIndex was compiled from a survey of more than 300 K-12 professionals from all institution types and sizes across the United States, aggregated trend data from the nation’s largest K-12 applicant tracking solution (ATS) database, and a sample size of approximately 1,700 schools and districts.

Key metrics from the 2018 TalentIndex include:

51 percent of districts are experiencing a teacher shortage; districts in rural areas and towns report the highest rates of shortages.

Demand for teachers increased 14 percent in 2017; while on average, 18 applicants applied for each position, a decrease over prior years.

35 percent of K-12 schools do not measure talent management performance.

84 percent of survey respondents said attracting teacher candidates was one of their top three priorities.

Budget constrictions and student achievement are the biggest challenges influencing academic and administrative operations.

97 percent of K-12 leaders agree that research-based educator assessments are valuable.

The report reveals K-12 professionals have an unwavering focus on attracting, developing, and retaining quality teachers to achieve their goal of advancing student achievement, and they are interested in leveraging new tools to ensure the success of these initiatives.

“Hiring, developing, and retaining top educators is crucial for student success and students deserve well-trained and well-supported teachers in the classroom,” said Hardeep Gulati, PowerSchool’s CEO. “We support their development through talent management, professional development, and research-based analytics solutions that enable our customers to access a platform that spans all aspects of K-12 education.”

For more details on the 2018 PowerSchool TalentIndex, visit https://www.talentedk12.com/talentindex/. Follow @MyPowerSchool on Twitter and join the conversation using #TalentIndex to share the results with your network.

About the TalentIndex: K-12 Education Benchmark Report from the PowerSchool Education Research Forum

In the fall of 2017, PeopleAdmin surveyed more than 300 K-12 professionals from all institution types and sizes across the United States. Thirty-eight percent of respondents are directors or managers. Thirty-three percent of respondents are school or district leaders — principals, assistant principals, superintendents, and assistant superintendents.

The report also includes trend data from TalentEd’s applicant tracking solution.

About PowerSchool:

At PowerSchool, we believe in the simple truth that every student deserves the best opportunities in life. That's why our mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their potential, in their way. From the back office to the classroom to the home, PowerSchool helps schools and districts efficiently manage instruction, learning, grading, attendance, assessment, analytics, state reporting, special education, student registration, talent, finance and HR. Today, we're proud to be the leading provider of K-12 education application technology supporting over 45 million students in over 70 countries. Visit http://www.powerschool.com to learn more.

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