Title:  WWC Review of the Report "Impacts of Comprehensive Teacher Induction: Final Results from a Randomized Controlled Study"
Description: The 2010 study, Impacts of Comprehensive Teacher Induction: Final Results from a Randomized Controlled Study, examined the effects of a comprehensive teacher induction program for beginning teachers on teacher and student outcomes in 17 school districts across 13 states. Researchers randomly assigned 418 elementary schools with a total of 1,009 beginning teachers to either an intervention group that received the program or a business-as-usual comparison group. The program included mentoring, monthly professional development sessions, study groups with other beginning teachers, and opportunities to observe veteran teachers. In the second year of the study, researchers selected a subset of the original districts to receive a second year of the teacher induction program. In these districts, the schools that were originally assigned to receive the intervention continued to offer the intervention services for a second year to beginning teachers. Impacts after the first year of the study were based on data from all participating districts, all of which received the intervention during the first year. Impacts after the second and third years of the study were presented separately for districts receiving 1 or 2 years of the intervention. Study authors assessed the effects of the program on both teacher outcomes and student outcomes over a 3-year period. The study is a well-implemented randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards for assessing impacts on teacher retention for the entire sample at the end of year 1 of the study, and for the subset of districts that received only 1 year of the intervention at the end of years 2 and 3 of the study. The remaining analyses conducted by this study--including impacts on teacher practices, preparation, satisfaction, some retention outcomes, and student achievement--either do not meet WWC evidence standards or were deemed to be ineligible for review.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: September 2013
Web Release: September 4, 2013
Print Release: September 4, 2013
Publication #: WWC SSR10013
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: WWC
Type of Product: Single Study Review
Questions: For questions about the content of this Single Study Review, please contact:
Diana McCallum.