Expanding numbers of teacher’s vacancies is not news; it’s been a highlight of the issues facing American education for the past couple of years. However, the consequences of these open positions are beginning to rear their head: students, particularly in high-poverty schools, are finding their classes being taught by a rotating slew of substitute teachers.
For students already struggling in subjects, this can spell disaster. The lack of consistency means that educators are further disadvantaged at coaching students who are behind the curve; inhibiting that student’s continual progress and achievement.
Nothing short of a crisis, high-poverty schools already host the highest risks of dropout in the United States; and although speculative at this point, it would come as no surprise to find that the lack of quality, consistent education resulting in more students failing to graduate from these schools.