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Teacher Supply in New York: Pathways, Placement, and Retention

Northeast & Islands

Description: Teacher shortages are prevalent in specific districts and content areas in New York State (NYS). As of the 2018/19 school year, hard-to-staff content areas across NYS included English as a second language, special education, language arts, and science, among others. One option to address shortages is to encourage new teachers to obtain certificates in hard-to-staff content areas or districts; another is to encourage teachers who are already employed to obtain additional certificates in hard-to-staff content areas.

REL Northeast & Islands is working with the New York State Education Department to examine certification pathways by which new teachers enter the workforce in NYS, the content areas of their certificates, where new teachers are employed, and their retention rates. REL Northeast & Islands will also determine the extent to which teachers with at least one year of experience obtain multiple certificates, thereby enabling them to teach in more than one subject, and their subsequent retention rates.

Research Questions:

  1. Among NYS public school teachers with less than one year of experience in 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18 school years, what certification pathways did they use, where were they employed, and were they retained?
  2. Among NYS public school teachers with at least one year of experience in 2015/16, 2016/17, and 2017/18, how many obtained an additional certificate, through which certification pathways, in what content areas, and where were they employed?

Study Design: REL Northeast & Islands will address the research questions through descriptive analyses. To address the first research question, researchers will produce frequencies and cross-tabulations to examine certification pathways and retention rates of new teachers by region of employment, content area, and needs designation of the district of employment. To address the second research question, researchers will calculate the number and percentage of teachers with at least one year of experience who obtained an additional certificate. Then, cross-tabulations will be produced by content area, region, and needs designation.

Projected Release Date: Fall 2020

Partnership or Research Alliance: Teacher Preparation Research Alliance

Related Products: What's Happening report

Principal Investigators & Affiliation:
Jacqueline Zweig, Ph.D., Education Development Center
Laura O'Dwyer, Ph.D., Boston College