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Colorado's Educator Shortage Survey Results


The Colorado Department of Education surveyed the state’s school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) about the employment of teachers and special services providers positions over the 2018-19 school year to provide a complete picture of how Colorado is being impacted by the educator shortage.

View a summary of 2018-19 state-level educator shortage results with data provided separately for teaching and SSP positions and reported by teaching subject area, SSP category and district type (small rural, rural and non-rural).

Detailed information about the number of positions filled by specific shortage mechanisms (including hiring long-term substitutes, retired educators, alternative licensure program candidates and emergency authorizations holders), the number of positions that went unfulfilled, and recruiting strategies used also is available through the interactive dashboard below and/or in the downloadable Excel file.

Educator Talent Policy Updates

Visit this webpage for an overview of legislation passed in 2018 by the General Assembly and State Board of Education rule updates that will be implemented by the Educator Talent Division at CDE.

Highlights from the state-level summary include:

  • Almost 9,000 teaching and SSP positions needed to be hired for in 2018-19, representing 14% of all teaching and 19% of all SSP positions in the state.
  • Of the 7,773 total teaching positions to hire, 264 (3%) remained unfilled for the school year and 933 (12%) were filled through a shortage mechanism.
  • Of the 1,177 total SSP positions to hire, 103 (9%) remained unfilled for the school year and 91 (8%) were filled through a shortage mechanism.
  • In core teaching subject areas, shortages of mathematics, science and special education teachers were evident statewide; additionally, shortages of English teachers in small rural and early childhood teachers in non-rural areas were reported.
  • In SSP categories, shortages of school psychologists, school nurses, school social workers and school physical therapists were evident statewide.

The purpose of the survey is to gather facts about the number of vacant teaching positions by teaching subject area, the number of vacant special services provider (SSP) positions and the ways those vacancies were filled, if they were filled at all. These shortage data allow CDE to identify educator shortage areas across the state and report to the Colorado Legislature to inform decisions regarding support for recruiting and retaining educators.

In 2017, in response to Colorado House Bill 17-1003, Strategic Plan to Address Teacher Shortages, CDE and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) collaboratively collected data to analyze the state’s educator shortage problem via a voluntary version of the survey to develop a strategic action planVoluntary Educator Shortage Survey results from the 2017-18 school year only represent a sample of 47% of school districts and are therefore not comparable to survey results from the 2018-19 school year.

Survey Results

Use the interactive dashboard below to view state and district-level data displayed visually. Hover over the map to view data for each district. Use the drop-down menu to filter the data by endorsement area. Select non-rural, rural or small rural to highlight the data for the selected district type.