According to data reported by the ODE (USDOE, 2011), 927 Ohio schools have been identified as high-poverty, high-minority, or both, and nearly 24,000 teachers staff these schools. The TeachOhio Program targets second-career professionals as candidates for the teaching profession, teachers working on supplemental licenses, and those not meeting high quality teacher (HQT) requirements. The Program goal is to place 675 teachers in subject shortage areas in high-poverty and/or high-minority schools by the end of the 2013-2014 school year (ODE, 2011a).
Fifteen TeachOhio partnerships, consisting of Ohio colleges and universities (IHEs) along with ESCs, are working toward five state-wide objectives including to:
- identify and address LEAs' teacher staffing needs;
- identify and recruit teachers and teacher candidates into a licensure completion program;
- support individuals (identified by their LEAs) to achieve their teacher licensure goals; and support “grow-your-own” training efforts of LEAs that have identified potential second-career teacher candidates (if applicable);
- identify and recruit teachers who are not currently considered a HQT into an HQT completion program; and
- facilitate the work of LEAs and at least one Ohio teacher preparation IHE in the development of a long-term regional teacher supply plan(s) or strategy(ies).
This study will evaluate the implementation and impact of the TeachOhio Program. Initially providing descriptive information on the implementation of the program, lessons learned, feedback for program improvement, and emerging best practices during the first year of the evaluation (2012-2013), the evaluation will later focus on TeachOhio’s impact on LEA’s involved in the project. Data and findings across both years of the evaluation will inform summative observations regarding best practices and policy recommendations, and provide insight regarding the cost/benefit of the TeachOhio Program relative to other strategies.