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OSSE Awards $3 Million to Recruit, Train Highly Effective Teachers for District Schools

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Statewide Education Agency also Releases Summary Results of Median School Growth Model under Race to the Top

WASHINGTON, DC – Over 140 emerging teachers will receive a full year of intensive instructional training in District Classrooms, monitoring and coaching from veteran District Teachers, and eventual placement in District Schools under the School Teacher Pipelines Program, a $3 Million statewide Race to the Top grant initiative announced today by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

Independently selected after a competitive application process and extensive review by independent experts, three District School-Led Teacher Pipeline Programs will each receive $1 million OSSE grants to recruit, train and prepare new teachers to work in District of Columbia Schools:

  • Urban Teacher Center/Charter School Collaborative Teacher Pipeline Project, led by Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy
  • Capital Teacher Residency Program, led by KIPP D.C. and E.L. Haynes Public Charter Schools
  • Teacher Residency Project, led by Capital City Public Charter School, in collaboration with the Center for Inspired Teaching

“Quality Schools begin in our classrooms, along with the highly effective teachers that lead them,” said Dr. Kayleen Irizarry, OSSE Assistant Superintendent of Elementary and Secondary Education. “The monetary investment we have made in teacher training is only part of the equation, for what Teacher Pipeline Programs really represent is a commitment to education in the District of Columbia.”

“OSSE will continue to support the next generation of classroom leaders and exposing them to best practices in education.” 

As part of Race to the Top, OSSE also published early results from its Schoolwide Median Growth Percentile (MGP) evaluation model, measuring District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) student growth and performance for public schools statewide. Developed to measure a student’s annual DC CAS progress in comparison to other students with similar grade-by-grade scoring histories, MGP provides information on how well individual schools are helping students progress academically and is intended to aid educators and stakeholders in evaluating school performance. To date, MGP has been utilized by the District of Columbia Public Charter School Board as Part of its Performance Management Framework, as well as by District of Columbia Public Schools for its annual School Scorecard.

Editor’s Note: A complete description of the Medial Growth Percentile calculation method and searchable-by-school version of OSSE’s Schoolwide Growth Data Report is available for download online at www.osse.dc.gov.