We are running against a tick clock to fill the teacher gap for the future of our students as the number of vacancies in schools and districts has reached record levels.
Every unfinished staff vacancy in a school means that students are not getting high quality education, which has a great impact on the results. One study found that the absence of 10 additional teachers each year reduced the standard deviation in math and English test scores by 1.2 percent and .6 percent, respectively. This policy applies to the core subjects, which provide a solid foundation for students’ academic and career success, and enrichment classes, which set their skills and expand their understanding of the world.
Teacher shortages are even more detrimental to students in underdeveloped districts, where teacher absences exceed the national average of 11 days per year.
But the whole time we have a solution in front of us: live-streaming teachers can serve in private or virtual classrooms across the country at the click of a button, providing quality education to all students.
Desperate to make up for the teacher shortage, schools are doing their best, including requesting parents to volunteer in the classroom. Meanwhile, state governments are trying to help, sometimes by taking steps that have gone crazy, unreasonable or misguided. Tennessee offered teachers free apprenticeships. New Mexico National Guard Member Recruitment.
Perhaps most troubling is that schools reduce the need for certification for those willing to teach. An AAEE survey found that 16 percent of teachers hired last year did not have formal preparation and were either in emergency recruitment or had informal preparation.