For Immediate Release
Contact: Kerci Marcello Stroud | Teach For America
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DURHAM, N.C., April 8, 2010—A new study from the University of North Carolina compares the effects on student achievement of graduates from the UNC teacher-preparation system—which is the leading provider of teachers in the state—with teachers from other pathways, including Teach For America.
At every grade level and subject studied, Teach For America corps members did as well as or better than traditionally prepared UNC graduates:
Middle school math students in Teach For America teachers' classrooms received the equivalent of an extra half-year of learning.
Teach For America corps members’ impact on overall student achievement in high school was greater than that of UNC grads, and corps members outperformed UNC grads in teaching high school science, math, and English.
View the full study results»
Impacts of Teacher Preparation on Student Test Scores in North Carolina: Teacher Portals, (Gary T. Henry and Charles L. Thompson, 2010)
Read press coverage of the results in the Fayetteville Observer»
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