Study Group

Ed Navigator: Longituadinal Data for Parents

This study aims to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the Denver Public Schools’ Professional Compensation System for Teachers (DPS ProComp) and how this system impacts students, teachers, and schools. Denver's ProComp system is a unique alternative teacher compensation system that was developed through a partnership between DPS teachers and the district. Evaluation of this reform is valuable to those implementing the system in Denver, as well as to other districts across the nation that are struggling to improve teacher quality and student learning.

There are at least three interrelated mechanisms through which the ProComp system might have a positive impact on student achievement:

Direct incentives or “motivation effects” - that is, do teachers work harder as a consequence of having new and different incentives under ProComp? Improved teacher skill, either due to new or added professional development that teachers might obtain under the ProComp system, or because of potential identification effects the system can provide through its data. Influencing the composition of the district’s workforce through both market incentives and an overall set of rewards that affect who applies (and is selected) to teach in Denver, as well as who opts to leave the system.

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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.