We believe in the potential of all children in South Carolina. For the past decade, our network of teachers and change agents has worked to expand opportunity and access for students in the state’s most under-resourced school districts. Here’s a look at how we are making an impact to help solve South Carolina’s educational challenges.
Making an Impact: Teacher Recruitment and Retention
teachers recruited, placed, trained, and provided ongoing support in South Carolina since 2011
teachers in South Carolina classrooms during the 2020-2021 academic year
school districts in South Carolina partnered with TFASC since 2011
of our teachers decided to extend their two-year commitment to teach in South Carolina during the 2019-2020 academic year
There is an urgent need to recruit and retain more highly trained teachers in South Carolina classrooms. A high level of teacher turnover is negatively associated with student achievement, according to the Brookings Institution. Teacher mobility patterns also play an important role in the equitable education of all students.
At a time when the state’s teachers are resigning at higher rates than previous years, and our schools are facing greater challenges than ever before, TFASC teachers are committed to their students. During the 2019-2020 school year, 73% of our teachers decided to extend their initial two-year commitment to teach in South Carolina. When deciding to stay in the classroom, our teachers consistently maintain high-quality teaching and learning at schools that desperately need tenured teachers in place.
We are encouraging teachers to stay for a full four years in South Carolina classrooms through our Second Tour Fellows program. Fellows receive a signing bonus, assistance toward national board certification, and executive career coaching. Additionally, TFASC provides support to our teachers after their initial two-year commitment through continued mentorship, professional development, and networking opportunities.
Making an Impact: Student Achievement
students impacted in South Carolina since 2011
of principals said our teachers contributed to a positive, collaborative, and professional culture during the 2019-2020 academic year
of our teachers achieved over a year's worth of academic growth in their classrooms from 2015 to 2019
Poverty status and race continue to be the largest determinants of a student’s educational outcomes in our state. A large percentage of South Carolina students are not meeting grade-level expectations. If students do not meet these standards, they can fall further behind and risk not graduating with the expected level of college or career preparedness.
Placing outstanding teachers in under-resourced school districts is crucial to improving student performance and closing the opportunity gap. TFASC teachers are placed at schools where the greatest needs are — where only 30% of students meet or exceed grade-level expectations on the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards.
Once our teachers are in the classroom, they are teaching students more than a year’s worth of curriculum to close the gap at an accelerated rate. Their impact is significant. From 2015 to 2019, 63% of our teachers led their entire classroom to more than a year’s worth of academic growth, bringing their students closer to their on-grade-level peers.
Making an Impact: Leadership Development
alumni currently living in South Carolina
South Carolina educators participated in TFA's Rural School Leadership Academy to date
Our impact in South Carolina extends beyond the important work of filling critical teacher shortages and increasing student learning and achievement in classrooms. We are also committed to developing a strong network of aspiring school leaders from diverse backgrounds who will work toward educational equity and systemic change.
Currently, there are 366 TFA alumni in South Carolina who are working to expand opportunity and access for all children. The state’s alumni network includes teachers, school leaders, school system leaders, higher education leaders, education nonprofit leaders, policy and advocacy leaders, and social entrepreneurs.
Through our Rural School Leadership Academy, 28 South Carolina educators, including non-TFASC teachers, have also participated in a yearlong fellowship for aspiring school leaders in rural communities to date. TFA is helping retain education leaders in South Carolina through this no-cost, federally-funded supplemental training program.
In TFASC’s 2019-2020 Annual Report, Reimagining Education, we spotlight our impact and our partners’ and teachers’ work toward educational equity and systemic change. We also recognize our board members and donors for their generous support and for their belief in the potential of all children in South Carolina.
In TFASC’s impact infographic, we highlight how we are making a profound difference with your support.