Education Policy & Analysis

Education Policy has long been a strength at Penn GSE – since the mid 1990s, we have ranked in the top 10 education policy programs in US News & World Report. Our award-winning faculty are nationally renowned for their expertise, research, and impact on education issues and policies.

The Changing Face of the Teaching Force

Richard Ingersoll is an expert on teachers - how they work, where they work, and why they work. In a school reform climate that questions how much autonomy teachers should have in their work and their classrooms, Dr. Ingersoll looks to data for answers.

Dr. Ingersoll’s research sheds light on one of the largest and least understood professions in the United States. His work explores trends that have altered the face of the teaching force over the past three decades. Since the late 1980s, the teaching force has ballooned in size, significantly outpacing growth in student enrollment. Yet teaching has largely grown to meet new needs—from special education to language instruction to more math and science high school teachers. The research gives insights into recent trends in teacher turnover, mostly created by a churn of new and minority teachers into and out of the profession. Today, the most common (or modal) teacher has just one to three years of experience.

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Report

Seven Trends: The Transformation of the Teaching Force, Updated October 2018.
A highly anticipated update of a 2014 report published by the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

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Featured Research

Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning

The Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction, and Learning (C-SAIL) examines how college- and career-ready standards are implemented, if they improve student learning, and what instructional tools measure and support their implementation.

Consortium For Policy Research In Education

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) is a joint effort of seven graduate schools of education. Its research focuses on school reform, governance, policy, and finance.

CPRE Mathematics Formative Assessment Project

The Ongoing Assessment Project (OGAP) is a large-scale field trial of a mathematics formative assessment program conducted by CPRE and funded by the National Science Foundation.

Penn Child Research Center

The Penn Child Research Center promotes the educational and psychological well-being of children through the application of informed social and scientific policy. 

Responsive Math Teaching

Responsive math teaching (RMT) is instruction where the teacher continuously elicits information about what students currently know and understand and responds in ways that move them forward in relation to developmental and grade-level mathematical goals.

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