Interim Findings on Teacher Reform Effort Show Small Positive Impact on Student Outcomes During Initial Years
Jun 6, 2016
This report estimates the Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative's effect on student outcomes in Hillsborough County (Florida) Public Schools, Memphis City Schools, and Pittsburgh Public Schools through the 2013–2014 school year. The initiative guides personnel practices in staffing, professional development, and compensation and career-ladder decisions in hopes of giving every student access to highly effective teachers.
This interim report presents estimates of the overall effect that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative has had on student outcomes through the 2013–2014 school year. The initiative's aim is to encourage and support strategic human-capital reforms that are intended to improve the ways in which "teachers are recruited, evaluated, supported, retained, and rewarded." The reform's cornerstone is the development and implementation of teacher-evaluation systems based on student achievement growth; structured classroom observations by principals or trained peers; and other inputs, such as student or parent surveys. These evaluations are used to guide personnel practices in staffing, professional development, and compensation and career-ladder decisions with the goal of giving every student access to highly effective teachers. The report covers Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) in Florida, Memphis City Schools (MCS) in Tennessee, and Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) in Pennsylvania. The initiative has not had the dramatic positive effects on student outcomes for which the foundation had hoped. Through 2013–2014, most estimated effects on student outcomes were insignificant or negative, but there was a positive effect in grades 3–8 for math in PPS. However, impact estimates were increasing in 2013–2014 (the fifth year after the intervention began) in many sites, which suggests that the reforms might be on the way to having a positive effect.
Implementation of the Intervention
Data and Methods
Putting the Estimates in Context
Summary and Conclusion
Results for Additional Outcomes
Specific Practices for Levers of Implementation