Policy in Virginia
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Commonwealth Summit on Teacher Retention
We will be presenting preliminary findings from an ongoing analysis of teacher retention at the October 23rd summit to be held at the University of Virginia. The research project examines teacher retention and mobility between school year 2006-06 and 2017-18 leveraging data provided by the Virginia Department of Education. Our analysis is informed by the rich literature in teacher retention which we summarize here. The October 23rd presentation with be available here after the summit.
Virginia Working Conditions and School Climate Surveys
In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we are administering the inaugural Virginia Working Conditions Survey to licensed teachers and staff in all Virginia public schools as well as a revamped Virginia School Climate Survey to elementary and high school students. The surveys will be administered between January and March 2019. We will analyze the survey responses to (1) assess the surveys’ psychometric properties, (2) characterize the extent to which perceptions of working conditions and school climate vary across schools within the Commonwealth, and (3) examine the relationships between school climate and student educational outcomes.
Finishing the Last Lap
The Nudges to the Finish Line (N2FL) intervention is a low-cost, randomized intervention to increase completion among students who have earned substantial credits but remain at risk of dropout. This brief describes the pilot year of N2FL at nine broad-access, public higher education institutions in Virginia and other locations across the country.