Emerging Pathways Into the Teacher Profession: Evaluating and Substantiating Their Effectiveness

Two teachers instructing elementary students seated in a circle on the floor

Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Programs (RTAPs) provide aspiring teachers the opportunity to receive training while earning a salary and working in schools. As RTAPs continue to grow, so does the need to study their effectiveness.

In a new brief cowritten by AIR’s Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and the Center for Economic Evaluation, experts provide insights on how emerging pathways into the profession (e.g., Grow-Your-Own, teacher residency models, RTAPs) can be evaluated to determine their overall effectiveness (e.g., number of teachers produced and retained, decrease in high-need shortages, improved student outcomes) and associated costs (e.g., cost per teacher retained, cost-per-student measure of outcome).