Impact & Results

Today there is strong evidence that teacher residency programs are having an impact on student achievement and teacher retention, improving outcomes for high-need children.

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NCTR network residencies are having a significant impact on the students in their partner district schools. Through the residency model’s teacher-mentor programming, residents work side-by-side with veteran teachers – a key element of their intensive clinical preparation.

Residency programs measure their impact on schools and communities, impact on teacher professional growth, preparedness & development, and their impact on student achievement.

By reducing teacher turnover and improving effectiveness, there is a high return on investment for school districts and their partners that choose to launch and sustain a teacher residency program. Teacher residency programs exponentially increase the impact effective teachers have on student learning.

NCTR measures the collective impact of network residency programs through its annual reports, the Stakeholder Perception Report and the Network Partner Report.

Stakeholder Perceptions Report

In 2017, NCTR worked with the largest number of programs in our history. Our strategic consulting group supported 14 new or emerging programs, while our Next Generation Network of established teacher residencies grew to 24. In addition, NCTR partnered with the California State University System to transform the traditional teacher prep programs at five campuses into residencies or programs that use NCTR’s standards of clinical teacher preparation.

Key findings from principals who hire residency graduates:

  • 91% said that residency-trained teachers outperform typical new teachers
  • 91% said the residency program improves achievement and student learning at their school
  • 94% would recommend hiring a residency graduate to another principal

Graduates of residency programs report that they are ready to lead classroom learning and meet student needs:

  • 95% agreed that they entered the classroom with more effective skills that the average new teacher

Mentors report that they grow professionally from their participation in the residency experience:

  • 98% agreed that being a mentor makes them a more effective teacher

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Network Partner Report

The 2017-18 network-wide data reveals the continued impact of residency program residents, graduates, and mentors working in partnering high-need districts. Teachers who trained in the residency model stay in the classroom at high rates: 86% are still teaching in the same school after 3 years. Programs are identifying and supporting effective, experienced teachers to act as mentors and clinical educators; more than 1,000 mentors are modeling and coaching new teachers to be their future colleagues.

2017-18 Network Partner Report

Residency Program Graduates
Residency program graduates to date 3,492
Percent of graduates in STEM subjects 31%
Percent of graduates teaching ELL students 28%
3-year retention rate 86%
Percent teaching in Title I schools 92%
Current Program Residents
Total number of residents 792
Percent of residents of color  52%
Percent of residents who are career changes 41%
Number of training sites 398
Number of mentors 1,014

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How Residencies Measure Impact

Residency Impact Goals How Residencies Measure Impact
Increase Student Achievement
  • Student performance on state, district, and local measures of academic progress
  • Performance of students in classes taught by residency graduates in comparison to students in classes taught by other-trained teachers
Improve Teacher Performance
  • District and/or state evaluations of teacher effectiveness, including classroom observations i.e.; Danielson’s Framework for Professional Practice, edTPA
  • Performance of residency graduates and mentors in comparison to non-residency graduates and mentors
Impact School and Community
  • Principal perception surveys of resident and graduate effectiveness; other measures of impact on students, school and community
  • Residency graduates taking on leadership roles
Increase Student Engagement
  • State student perception surveys e.g. TriPod, Youth Truth
Engage Effective Mentors
  • Teacher-mentor performance evaluation
  • Surveys of mentor perception of resident performance and program impact