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.

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.

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

NCTR measures the collective impact of network residency programs through its annual reports: Measuring Impact and Network End-Year Survey Trends.


Highlights, 2014 Network Trends Report

Principals that hire residency graduates say they are more prepared than the typical new teacher.  Eighty-nine percent (89%) agree that:

  • Graduates in their building positively affected the culture of the school
  • Graduates of a residency program are more effective or much more effective than teachers from other teacher preparation pathways
  • They would hire graduates to teach in their building next year and recommend hiring a residency graduate to a colleague

Residency program graduates report that they are ready to lead classroom learning and meet student needs.

  • 87% agree or strongly agree that they improve student learning and achievement in their classrooms
  • 88% recommend their residency program to those who want to teach in high-need schools

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

  • 95% strongly agree that being a mentor makes them a more effective teacher

NCTR Program Report

The 2014-15 network-wide data reveals the continued impact of residency program residents, graduates, and mentors working in partnering high-need districts.  Residency trained teachers stay in the classroom at high rates:  84% are still teaching after 3 years. Programs are identifying and supporting effective, experienced teachers to act as mentors and clinical educators; more than 500 mentors are modeling and coaching new teachers to be their future colleagues.

2014-15 Network Program Impact

Residency Program Graduates
Residency program graduates to date 2,661
Percent of graduates in STEM subjects 28%
Percent of graduates teaching ELL students 13%
3-year retention rate 84%
5-year retention rate 71%
Current Program Residents
Total number of residents 557
Selection Rate 24%
Percent of residents of color 38%
Percent of residents who are career changes 37%
Number of training sites 211
Number of mentors 523