CCNY Teaching Graduates Flock to High-Need NYC Schools

Dr. Mary Erina Driscoll, dean of The City College of New York School of Education

Department of Education report on teacher preparation programs shows City College ‘clearly in line with our mission’

New York City’s first-ever report on teacher preparation programs shows that The City College of New York School of Education is a leader in producing teachers who work in schools with the highest need. With 42 percent of graduates hired into schools with high concentrations of poverty, English language learners, children with disabilities, “our students are being hired where we want them to be,” said Dean of Education Mary Erina Driscoll.

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) released its district-level teacher preparation program reports August 14. The first of their kind in the United States, they analyze the quality, distribution, and retention of new teacher hires graduating from 12 college and university education programs. These programs produced 51.6 percent of the new teachers hired by New York City public schools between 2008 and 2012.

“The report looks at how well the region’s schools of education are doing in supporting New York City schools, and the data show that the schools where City College graduates are employed are clearly in line with our mission,” Dean Driscoll said. “Children in these schools need good teachers, and we are happy that we have placed so many teachers in them because that is where our graduates should be.” Overall, only 30 percent of the teachers hired by the DOE over the report period were placed in high-need schools

The report contained other favorable data about City College graduates hired as New York City public school teachers:

  • 90 percent were rated as “effective” or “highly effective,” compared to the overall DOE average, 82 percent. This was one of the highest scores among the 12 programs measured.
  • Their three-year retention rate was 83 percent while the average for all new DOE teacher hires was 80 percent.

Dean Driscoll called the report “helpful” because it identified areas with the highest needs for licensing. In recent years, City College has seen increased enrollment in three of those areas: bilingual education, English as a second language and special education.

She cautioned that the report’s findings should not be viewed as “a competitive sport” since all the programs included are working to build a stronger public school system. “It is a tool that helps us to see what we need to do next,” she said, adding that the School of Education’s top priority is building partnerships with public schools to provide more support to teachers during their first year in the classroom.

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