Our Bottom Line: Student Success. Nothing Less.
In the classrooms of teachers we support, we expect that all students make at least one year of academic progress each year. We’ve intensified our resources to attain this goal in our partner schools. We will continue to track and report our results on our progress developing great teachers and great schools that achieve exceptional outcomes for the children they serve.
Our learning is ongoing. We're committed to being transparent about our results and to sharing what we learn with educators, researchers and other partners who share our mission of improved outcomes for urban students.
A Strong, Diverse Pipeline of Teachers
Since 2003, we have prepared more than 525 new teachers for the Boston Public Schools through our nationally recognized Boston Teacher Residency program, exceeding our initial goals for teacher preparation and retention:
Increased teacher retention rates: 80% of graduates were still teaching in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) after three years, compared with 63% of their non-BTR peers; 79% were still in BPS after five years, compared with 51% of their peers. Across all cohorts, 87% of our graduates are still teaching, and 90% are still in the field of education.
Diversified teacher pipeline: 49% of BTR grads are teachers of color.
More teachers in high-needs areas: 37% of graduates teach special education or English as a Second Language; 55% of secondary graduates teach math or science.
Teachers suited to Boston’s schools: The overwhelming majority (96%) of Boston principals who have hired a BTR graduate would hire another, and 97% of BTR graduates say that the program has prepared them well for the realities of urban teaching.
We’ve initiated several cutting-edge studies to measure the effectiveness of our graduates in increasing student learning. Our first “value-added” study by Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research shows that while BTR graduates teaching grades 4-8 math start off slightly less effective at raising student test scores, by their fourth and fifth years they significantly outperform Boston teachers with similar levels of experience. In other words, BTR graduates get better faster than their peers. Read more.
President Obama recently highlighted Boston Teacher Residency as a model for recruitment and preparation of high-quality teachers; the federal Teacher Quality Partnership grant program was developed to replicate the residency model nationally. BTR was featured as a model in the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education’s Blue Ribbon Panel report on quality clinical preparation and was named one of six finalists in the Innovations in American Government Award sponsored by the Ash Center at Harvard University.
Coherent, Data-Driven Schools
Our data-driven approach to school improvement has helped teachers and school leaders to accelerate student learning. In a number of partner schools, the results have been dramatic. For example:
- In BPE’s first Teaching Academy, the percentage of kindergarten and grade 1 students reading at grade level increased from 29% to 54% in the school’s first year; the percentage of preK students who passed a pre-reading assessment increased from 21% to 91%.
In a partner high school designated for turnaround by the state, the percentage of students passing MCAS jumped by over 15 points in science, English, and math from 2010 to 2013. The school receives intensive data services from BPE, and 44% of its teachers are Boston Teacher Residency graduates.
In a school where we piloted a new approach to using formative assessments, the percentage of students scoring Proficient or Advanced on the MCAS in English language arts increased from 31% to 43%; the percentage in the Warning category dropped from 19% to 11%.
Our work has had an impact on the Boston Public Schools as a whole, other schools in the state, and the national school reform movement.
- In Boston, BPE has been a source of innovation for nearly 30 years and continues to leverage change in Boston’s schools by implementing effective models for developing great teachers and great schools.
- At the state level, BPE acts as a thought partner, frequently advising state education leaders and offering models of effective practice that have been emulated by other districts.
- Nationally, BPE is a leader in the urban school reform movement, participating in national education networks, including Urban Teacher Residency United, and influencing education initiatives around the country.
We believe in transparency and collaboration. BPE staff frequently present our work at local and national convenings, and BPE partners with others to pool knowledge and and problem solve common challenges.