Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced the launch of a new interactive tool, the Smart Retention Report, to help principals more strategically retain and develop their best teachers. The Smart Retention Report will enable principals to view individualized data on each teacher, better identify retention and attrition patterns of low and high-performing teachers at their schools, and customize their retention strategy depending on the quality of the teacher. The Department of Education created the Smart Retention Report in response to a recent study by TNTP, which revealed that the most and least effective teachers leave urban schools at the same rate. Combined with the new four-tiered teacher evaluation system which will be implemented this fall, the Smart Retention Report will give principals a powerful tool to identify and retain their best teachers.

The report summarizes key information about teachers at each school and is divided into three sections – the Data Report, Teacher Detail, and Smart Retention Strategies. The Data Report will allow principals to see patterns among teachers who left versus those who stayed, including whether they tended to be U-rated, had tenure decisions extended, or had low student growth scores. The interactive tool will also allow principals to examine why teachers left – whether they transferred to another school, were placed in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool, were promoted to a supervisory position, or were separated from and no longer employed by the DOE.

The Teacher Detail section allows principals to see individualized data for each teacher. Principals can then sort this data by category – such as teachers who transferred to other schools – to better analyze patterns and inform their retention strategies. The third Smart Retention Strategies section provides recommended strategies and resources to help principals develop a retention plan.

“Teachers are the most important school-based predictor of student achievement, and we have to do everything we can to keep our best teachers,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “Having detailed information about teacher performance and retention at their fingertips will better enable our principals to develop staff and retain our best and brightest.”

“If we’re serious about strengthening schools, our goal can’t just be to keep more teachers but rather to keep more of the right teachers. Our recent study, The Irreplaceables, showed that even simple strategies like asking great teachers to stay can help principals retain more of the best while counseling out those who consistently struggle,” said Tim Daly, President of TNTP. “By helping principals focus on smart retention and providing the support they need to make it happen, New York City is showing districts across the country what a 21st-century teacher retention strategy looks like.”

New York City was one of four large urban school districts that participated in the two-year TNTP study examining teacher retention. The study revealed that lowperforming teachers left New York City schools at a rate of 12 percent, and highperforming teachers left at almost the same rate, 11 percent.


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