The value of QTR professional development
The results of the study have been independently verified by the RAND Corporation and according to a Deloitte Access Economics cost benefit analysis, QTR is a very low-cost intervention that achieves a positive impact on student progress and returns at least $40 to the economy for every dollar invested.
Professor Jenny Gore said that the study, combined with this independent analysis, provides compelling evidence that QTR can create sustained improvement in an industry where high-quality research showing positive impacts is hard to come by.
“The professional development industry is worth billions of dollars globally and while its fundamental aim is to improve student learning, there is very little rigorous evidence that demonstrates positive impact,” said Professor Gore.
“More than 150,000 students from hundreds of NSW schools are already benefiting from Quality Teaching Rounds, and teachers in other states are embracing the approach.”
The study, which was conducted in 2019, included more than 5,000 students from 126 NSW government schools, with researchers conducting 33,407 progressive achievement tests (PATs). Additionally, researchers conducted 791 whole lesson observations, as well as 11,924 surveys with students, and 803 surveys with teachers and school leaders.
The study is part of a larger body of research funded by the Paul Ramsay Foundation and supported by the NSW Department of Education. The project, Building Capacity for Quality Teaching in Australian Schools is investigating the impact of Quality Teaching Rounds on students and teachers on a wide scale and in a range of contexts, with a specific focus on overcoming disadvantage nation-wide.
The project includes seed-funding for a Quality Teaching Academy that will deliver high-impact, evidence-informed professional learning across Australia. The Academy will launch later this year, but teachers can currently book a Quality Teaching Rounds workshop through the University of Newcastle.
“Due to social distancing requirements this year, we pivoted to offering online workshops, as well as face-to-face where safe to do so. Teachers have responded enthusiastically to the new format,” Professor Gore said.
“It is great that we are in a position to offer all teachers the benefits of Quality Teaching Rounds no matter where they are located in Australia.”