Employment of instructional coordinators is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is anticipated as schools increasingly focus on improving teachers’ effectiveness.
Many school districts and states are increasingly working to improve teacher effectiveness by focusing on the teacher’s role in improving students’ learning and test scores. In addition, there is an increased emphasis on holding teachers accountable for student outcomes. Some states and school districts are using students’ outcomes and test scores to evaluate teachers.
As more schools move toward these techniques, instructional coordinators will be needed to help teachers who are not meeting expectations. Coordinators will work to improve these teachers’ skills by offering them professional development, mentoring, and coaching. As schools seek to provide additional training to teachers, demand for instructional coordinators is expected to grow.
However, employment growth for instructional coordinators will depend on state and local government budgets. When state and local governments have budget deficits, they may lay off employees, including instructional coordinators. As a result, employment growth may be tempered.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition