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List of LPI Teacher Shortages Resources

The United States has experienced persistent teacher shortages for decades. These shortages hurt student outcomes and well-being, and affect underserved students at higher rates. The current era of shortages, which began as states rebounded from the Great Recession, was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to worsen in many states and in several subject areas. A number of factors influence teacher supply and demand, factors which vary by state. Research points to evidence-based policies that can address shortages and ensure all students have access to well-prepared professionals in the classroom.

The following selection of research and resources seeks to explain how teacher shortages emerged, how these shortages affect students and schools, and what leaders at the federal, state, and local levels can do to recruit and retain a highly-qualified, diverse teaching workforce.

Background on Shortages and Solutions

Maps & Tools

Teacher Diversity

State Policy


Other States

New Mexico

North Carolina


West Virginia