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New York 2010 Validation Grant Abstract


The New Teacher Project, Inc.

PR Award Number:


Project Title:

Teacher Effectiveness and Certification Initiative (TEACh Initiative)

Project Director:

Ila Deshmukh Towery

Amount of Award:


Length of Award:

5 years

Absolute Priority:

AP1: Effective Teachers and Principals

List of Partners (with states for each):

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools (NC)
Chicago Public Schools (IL)
District of Columbia Public Schools (DC)
Fort Worth Independent School District (TX)
Metro Nashville Public Schools (TN)
New Orleans (LA)

Project Website:

Description of Project:

The research is clear: having an effective teacher for consecutive years can close the persistent achievement gap faced by poor and minority students. Despite the recognized importance of effective teachers, virtually no educator preparation program requires teachers to demonstrate effectiveness in increasing student achievement in order to receive certification and remain in the classroom. The New Teacher Project (TNTP) therefore proposes to implement an effectiveness-based teacher preparation program, the Teacher Effectiveness and Certification (TEACh) Initiative, which draws on our successful, research-backed Teaching Fellows Programs (TFP) and Practitioner Teacher Programs (PTP) to provide high-needs districts with a teacher pipeline that seamlessly spans activities from recruitment to certification and certifies only those teachers who have demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom.

TNTP is partnering with six sites — Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Chicago, District of Columbia, Fort Worth, Metro Nashville, and New Orleans (includes Recovery School District and almost 40 participating charter schools) — to implement the TEACh Initiative, which will pair TFP and PTP models to establish high-quality teacher pipelines. In addition, the TEACh Initiative will select, retain and certify only those candidates whose students are making significant academic gains. This will be accomplished by introducing effectiveness screens at key points in the teacher pipeline continuum. Partner districts have agreed to support TNTP's outplacement decisions by not retaining Fellows who are denied certification.

The goal of this initiative is to Increase the number of demonstrably effective teachers in partner local education agencies. By the end of the grant period, the initiative aims to achieve the following: recruit, select and train 2,450-3,300 new teachers who have shown the potential to be effective; prepare 1,850-2,475 new teachers using a student-achievement-focused certification curriculum; and certify and retain only teachers who have demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom. By Year 5 of the grant period, it is anticipated that an estimated 253,000 to 337,000 high-needs students will experience significant achievement gains.

Description of Evaluation:

Evaluators will use quasi-experimental designs and other analyses. They will gauge implementation fidelity via quantitative and qualitative analyses of surveys and interviews of participants, program staff and district personnel. They will examine the impacts on teacher content knowledge and classroom instruction through a nonequivalent comparison group design with TEACh participants and matched comparison teachers. To assess impact on student achievement, evaluators will conduct a value-added analysis, comparing the test scores of students of TEACh participants with the scores of students of other new and veteran teachers. There will be an interrupted time series analysis of student achievement before and after screener implementation in one site.

Project Evaluator:

Dean Gerdeman


American Institutes for Research

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