Assessing and Supporting Effective First-Year Teachers
April 17, 2013
The first year is the most important year of a teacher’s career. We need to treat it that way.
Teachers who make a strong start are more likely to remain successful over time, but many schools and teacher training programs treat teachers’ first year like a warm-up. We should instead see it as a critical window of opportunity to help teachers develop essential skills and determine whether they can make a successful career teaching.
Leap Year describes the major lessons we learned from treating the first year of teaching with the care it deserves through the Assessment of Classroom Effectiveness (ACE), a multiple-measures evaluation system designed to ensure that first-year teachers in our Teaching Fellows and TNTP Academy programs meet a high standard of effectiveness.
New teachers perform at different levels and improve at different rates.
Teachers’ initial performance predicts their future performance.
Multiple measures tend to point to the same conclusion about a teacher’s effectiveness.
- A few specific core skills appear to be important to a first-year teacher’s success.
The report also offers recommendations for policymakers and education leaders to support effective first-year teaching, including how to make meaningful determinations about the work of first-year teachers.