Teach For America's Commitment to Research


We support independent research and evaluations that assess our impact on students’ educational opportunities and in the communities where our corps members and alumni work. We also collect extensive data and compile statistics as part of our effort to learn and continuously improve.


Existing Research


A growing body of rigorous independent research shows that Teach For America corps members and alumni are as effective in promoting student academic achievement as other comparably experienced teachers in the same schools. Research also shows corps members are sometimes more effective among certain age groups and subjects.

These findings, among several other key takeaways from research conducted on Teach For America, have led us to refine our practices and seek out additional research to further strengthen our approach.

Please read our common questions document for insight into common questions about our mission and impact.

What The Research Says


We have compiled information from all relevant external research into an eight part “What The Research Says” series. These documents, linked below, provide brief overviews of how our practices have evolved over the years and our reflections on the topics.

Statistics Overview

In collaboration with our corps members, alumni, and staff, Teach For America gathers a great deal of data across all aspects of our work. This information is used to inform programmatic decision-making and to report on our impact with stakeholders. Here we have provided a compilation of frequently requested national statistics covering Teach For America’s work since its inception. Download the full report for more details