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COVID-19 and Teacher Preparation

What Washington Teacher Education Programs are Saying About the Impact of the Pandemic on Preparation and the Prospective Teacher Pipeline. Abstract COVID-19 profoundly impacted teacher preparation during the close of the 2019-20 school year. Based on survey responses from nearly all Washington State teacher education programs (TEPs), we find that the pandemic had predictable but concerning effects on teacher preparation; most notably, student teaching requirements were greatly reduced or waived completely for many candidates. The nature of the feedback that candidates received from field placement supervisors and cooperating teachers also changed substantially as a result of the transition to remote instruction in K-12 schools. Survey responses do not suggest that the pandemic has had an immediate impact on TEP applications or enrollment, but there is still considerable ambiguity about how TEPs will operate going forward; survey responses show a wide range of plans for teacher preparation in the 2020-21 school year. Download the full article:

Washington STEM Teacher Survey Summary Report

A summary of responses to the Washington STEM Teacher Survey by early-career science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in Washington State. Abstract This policy brief summarizes the responses by early-career science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers in Washington State to the Washington STEM Teacher Survey. These earlycareer STEM teachers were asked about their perspectives of their teacher education program (TEP) and STEM subject preparation, with a focus on their student teaching experiences. The survey also included questions about teacher compensation and the teachers’ future teaching plans. We find that respondents generally view their preparation experiences more favorably than their current work environment and compensation, which suggests further research relating these survey responses to later teacher outcomes. Download the full article:

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OUR PUBLICATIONS

TEACHER RECRUITMENT & SELECTION

A long-standing researcher-practitioner partnership between CEDR and Spokane Public Schools (SPS) has connected data collected during the teacher hiring process in SPS to later teacher outcomes in SPS and other district in Washington

SCHOOL RESOURCES &
EQUITY

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

POSTSECONDARY
EDUCATION

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER PREPARATION & LICENSURE

CEDR projects including the Teacher Education Learning Collaborative (TELC; www.telc.us), the Improving Student Teaching Initiative (ISTI), and others have investigated the connections between specific teacher preparation experiences and measures collected during teacher licensure and later outcomes for teacher candidates.

SPECIAL EDUCATION &
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

CEDR has participated in several projects related to the participation of students with disabilities in career and technical education (CTE) and the extent to which this participation predicts later outcomes

TEACHER LABOR
MARKETS 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EDUCATION SYSTEMS & LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

CEDR has studied processes and outcomes in the teacher labor market like teacher collective bargaining agreements, teacher quality gaps, and teacher layoffs and their connections to student achievement

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS & EFFECTIVENESS

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER
PENSIONS

CEDR researchers have studied the teacher pension system in Washington and other states and investigated the connections between pensions systems and teachers' career paths and effectiveness.