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Alternative Training Tracks for New Teachers:
Mathematica to Evaluate Teacher Residency Program

Media Advisory: March 22, 2010

Contact: Amy Berridge, (609) 945-3378

Issue: New teachers tend to be less effective than experienced educators and more likely to leave the profession, particularly in high-needs schools. The Teacher Residency Program (TRP), an alternative approach to teacher training, aims to support and retain new teachers by combining limited coursework with a one-year supervised “residency” similar to the student teaching practicum. Mathematica Policy Research is evaluating TRP for the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Quote: “In this study, we will assess how TRP teachers influence student achievement, compare the retention rates of TRP and non-TRP novice teachers, and determine the characteristics of the TRP programs and their applicants and participants,” said Philip Gleason, project director and senior fellow at Mathematica.

About Mathematica: Mathematica Policy Research, a nonpartisan research firm, provides a full range of research and data collection services, including program evaluation and policy research, survey design and data collection, research assessment and interpretation, and program performance/data management, to improve public well-being. Its clients include federal and state governments, foundations, and private-sector and international organizations. The employee-owned company, with offices in Princeton, N.J., Ann Arbor, Mich., Cambridge, Mass., Chicago, Ill., Oakland, Calif., and Washington, D.C., has conducted some of the most important studies of health care, international, disability, education, family support, employment, nutrition, and early childhood policies and programs.