Rochester Teacher Preparation Partner Program
In 2018, the Farash Foundation funded an initiative managed by Education First to research and build Rochester’s teacher pipeline. Between 2018-2020, Brockport provided recruitment, enrollment, and graduation data for the initiative. In turn, Education First has been able to share its research on the effectiveness of teachers in the Rochester City School District (RCSD). Education First gathered and analyzed Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) results of RCSD teachers. The APPR is a composite rating that recognizes a teacher’s performance as Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, or Ineffective. The APPR composite scores are derived from teacher observation scores and student performance. Education First shares the APPR scores of new teachers that are Brockport Alumni and the APPR scores of all other new RCSD teachers. This allows the College to assess the effectiveness of graduates, including their ability to positively impact K12 students.
Education First reported in the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years, that 94% of Brockport alumni who were new teachers in RCSD had an APPR score of “Effective” or Highly Effective”. All other new teachers in the district matched Brockport alumni, with 94% also receiving APPR scores of “Effective” or “Highly Effective”. Data indicate that the vast majority of graduates of Brockport education preparation programs are effective when they enter the field.
More information on the rubric, and how the APPR scores are calculated, are included in the RCSD Teacher Evaluation Guide available on their website: RCSD Teacher Evaluation Guide.
In spring 2021, the sources funding the initiative indicated they would not be able to continue funding the project. Brockport is now conducting its own research into its graduates’ ability to impact p-12 learning. Information on that initiative can be found on the alumni impact study webpage.