ERIC Number: ED452231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Beginning Teacher Programs in a Large Urban School District.
Thomas, Paul; Newton, Steve
This paper describes the key elements of a model evaluation of beginning teacher programs in a large urban school district. Over a year and a half, evaluators conducted studies of the effectiveness of these programs, some of which were still in progress. This paper reports on the elements used in each study and analyzes the usefulness of each approach. The studies are: (1) 2 surveys asking 581 and 357 teachers about their confidence in the skills identified in the California Standards for the Teaching Profession; (2) an evaluation of the effectiveness of participation in a formative assessment and support program conducted through a telephone survey of 100 participants; (3) the evaluation of the beginning teacher programs as restructured in July 2000 through a study of 30 participants; (4) an evaluation of the special education credentialing program through interviews with 21 teachers, 3 support coaches, and 1 teacher of interns; and (5) an evaluation of the effectiveness of internship programs that will be conducted through evaluation of outcome data. An evaluation of these studies will yield information on the best approaches to evaluating beginning teacher support programs and to improving programs. (Contains 2 figures and 28 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).