Do Teacher Residency Programs Impact Academic Achievement?

That is the question that Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay set out to answer in a recent article published in the journal Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis along with former UEP faculty member Martin R. West. Although the authors found little to no performance differences in the short term, the findings suggested that the teachers in the residency program had a substantial increase in mathematics effectiveness by the fourth or fifth year of teaching. However, the authors concluded that over the long term there would only be moderate gains.

Papay, J. P., West, M. R., Fullerton, J. B., & Kane, T. J. (2012). Does an urban teacher residency increase student achievement? early evidence from Boston. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 34(4) pp. 413-434