ERIC Number: ED350262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Success for Beginning Teachers. The California New Teacher Project 1988-92.
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Sacramento.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
The California New Teacher Project (CNTP) has demonstrated that intensive support, continued training, and informative assessments of teachers in their first professional years result in better instruction for students and higher retention rates for teachers. The 37 projects of CNTP were funded on the basis of their plans to implement alternative methods of supporting and assessing first-year and second-year teachers. This report summarizes the background, findings, and conclusions of CNTP. Results of CNTP pilot projects demonstrate that intensive induction programs for new teachers produce improved performance by teachers and students, improved instruction for diverse students, and very high retention of beginning teachers. Before making recommendations for needed changes in the assessment of beginning teachers, the project investigated existing systems for evaluating teacher candidates and new teachers and found that current assessment methods do not constitute a coherent or effective system for assuring the public that teaching credentials are granted only to competent individuals. At the same time, the researchers requested and evaluated several alternative methods of assessment, through classroom observations, portfolio reviews, interviews, simulation tasks administered to beginning teachers, videotape scenarios, multiple choice examinations, and interactive computer-aided assessment. Through this process various conclusions were reached, among them that there is no one "best" assessment approach and that the most appropriate approach depends on what is being assessed and the purpose for which the information is to be used. The report concludes with eight suggested next steps for policymakers. A list of sponsors of local pilot projects is also included. (IAH)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Minority Groups, Staff Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Experience, Teaching Skills
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, 1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Sacramento.; California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers: California New Teacher Project