At NCTR, we believe states and school districts can improve teacher quality — and raise student achievement — by providing dedicated support for teacher residencies, ensuring that new educators enter the classroom ready to meet students’ needs from day one.

States and districts are increasingly turning to teacher residencies as a key strategy in improving student achievement and teacher effectiveness. The flexibility provided under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) facilitates this approach.

Our  new report, “Recommendations for State Support for Effective Teacher Residencies” provides guidance to states for developing policy to incorporate residencies and other clinical-based preparation models into systems for preparing and supporting effective educators.