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The DC Staffing Data Collaborative

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) launched the DC Staffing Data Collaborative—a partnership between OSSE, LEAs who opt to participate, and TNTP, a national non-profit serving as both a research organization and an implementation partner for schools. The goal of the Collaborative is simple but bold: help LEAs develop effective strategies to attract, develop, and retain the teachers they need to serve their students through access to better data.

In exchange for sharing human capital data with TNTP—which LEAs are often already required to collect and share to meet federal requirements—participating LEAs receive regular reports on targeted and timely topics, such as school culture, staffing, and differential retention. These reports provide LEAs information about their own schools as well as comparison data across the city. The Collaborative then brings LEAs together for convenings where school, LEA, and city leaders discuss data in their reports and solve shared challenges around access to effective teaching. Now entering its third year, the Collaborative has increased to include schools serving nearly 95% of all public school students and 51 LEAs across the district.

To date, the Collaborative’s research has primarily focused on retention of effective teachers, taking advantage of rich data on teacher backgrounds, perceptions of instructional culture, and performance. With two complete years of data collection including over 200 schools and 7,000 teachers, the Collaborative has surfaced several key findings affecting teacher retention for participating LEAs, the city as a whole, and educators across the country. OSSE and TNTP believe these early findings should fuel conversations among policymakers and educators—and that the Collaborative can serve as a model in DC and beyond for how the public education sector, working together, can identify and solve challenges to benefit students.

If you are interested in joining the Staffing Data Collaborative or want more information, please email Laura Montas at [email protected].