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Evaluation of the New Teacher Center i3 Validation Grant
SRIʼs four-year evaluation combines experimental and quasi-experimental approaches at different study sites to assess the implementation and impact of NTCʼs intensive new teacher mentoring and support.
SRI is conducting an independent four-year evaluation of the New Teacher Center’s federally funded Investing in Innovation (i3) validation grant. The grant funds comprehensive support for beginning teachers in three locations:
- Broward County Public Schools in Florida
- Chicago Public Schools in Illinois
- Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Iowa
The NTC model features one-on-one mentoring for new teachers by trained full-time release mentors and formative assessment tools designed to improve the new teachers’ effectiveness and their students’ achievement.
To analyze the impact of NTC induction on beginning teacher retention, beginning teacher practice, and student outcomes, SRI education researchers developed a rigorous design that combines cluster randomized controlled trials at two of the study sites and a difference-in-differences approach at the third site. Researchers conduct classroom observations and use secondary data on teacher retention and student achievement to analyze outcomes of interest.
SRI is also examining NTC’s implementation of its induction model, evaluating implementation fidelity, and providing formative feedback to NTC. Implementation data will come from interviews at multiple levels of the district system, teacher and mentor surveys, mentor logs, and observations of mentor training.