Research from The Center
Supply and Demand Report
2012 Supply and Demand Report
Since 2001, the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) has administered the annual Teacher/Administrator Supply and Demand Survey to South Carolina’s public school districts. Once the information is submitted, CERRA compiles a statewide report summarizing data on teacher and administrator positions, hires, vacancies, and departures. CERRA would like to sincerely thank the district representatives who complete this survey each year. Their collaboration facilitates the completion of this very important and complex process.
Special Education Mentoring Grant Report
The following report outlines the three-year Special Education Mentoring Grant awarded to the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011. The main purpose of this grant was to develop an advanced training for mentors who work with new special education teachers in South Carolina. The report provides a detailed overview of the grant including its five objectives, data connected to various grant-related activities, and results from the evaluation period which took place during the last year of the grant.
Teaching Fellows Report
The purpose of this report is to highlight one of South Carolina’s most successful teacher recruitment and retention programs. The Teaching Fellows Program (sometimes referred to as “the Program”), managed by the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA), is a scholarship program available to students who wish to attend college to become a public school teacher in South Carolina. Included in this report are several components related to the Program. The first section contains a description of the Program, particularly focusing on the cohort model and the roles of Campus Directors. Discussed next is the Program’s success related to program completion, service in the classroom, and teacher retention. The following section of the report describes three key elements of the Program – professional development, diversity awareness, and technology in the classroom. Although the Program is committed to addressing more than three elements, these were chosen because they are the most talked about among Fellows.
National Board Certified Teachers' Impact in South Carolina
In March 2008, CERRA survey more than 2,000 NBCTs who were teaching in South Carolina at the time. This highly anticipated survey affirms what other research says about the impact of National Board Certification and provides facts and figures specific to NBCTs in the Palmetto State. The report was published in March 2010.
Teacher Turnover Data
Each summer the South Carolina Department of Education releases its teacher turnover data which are available on the CERRA website. The most recent data reflect turnover rates from 2010-2011.
Average South Carolina Teacher Salary
The South Carolina Department of Education has provided CERRA with teacher salary information. The figures are presented by teacher experience and education, both statewide and by district.
Race and Gender Statistics of South Carolina Teachers
The South Carolina Department of Education has provided CERRA with race and gender data of South Carolina teachers. The figures are presented by district and reflect the most recent data available.
2008 Survey of Certified, Inactive Teachers in South Carolina
There are approximately 20,000 individuals in South Carolina who have kept their teaching certification current but are no longer teaching in a South Carolina public school. This critical piece of information, along with their contact information, provided by the State Department of Education enabled CERRA to target these certified, inactive teachers and find out what measures would convince them to teach again.