Three Recent Studies Show That Corps Members Have a Positive Impact On Their Students

, May 13, 2010 - Studies at the elementary-school and middle-school levels

For Immediate Release 

(New!) Impacts of Teacher Preparation on Student Test Scores in North Carolina: Teacher Portals
(Gary Henry and Charles Thompson, 2010)

Key finding: Teach For America corps members had a greater impact on student achievement than did traditionally prepared teachers from UNC's teacher preparation program in middle school math, high school math, high school science, and high school English.

Researchers at UNC conducted a study of pathways into teaching in North Carolina to understand better the effects on student achievement of graduates of UNC's teacher preparation program (the leading provider of teachers in the state) compared with teachers from other pathways, including Teach For America. At every grade level and subject studied, Teach For America corps members did as well or better than the traditionally prepared UNC graduates. Learn more.

(New!) Teach For America Teachers’ Contribution to Student Achievement in Louisiana in Grades 4-9: 2004-2005 to 2006-2007
(George H. Noell and Kristin A. Gansle, 2009)

Key finding: Teach For America corps members in Louisiana outperformed other new teachers with the same level of experience and were as effective as veteran teachers across the state in math, science, reading, and language arts.

This report is part of a multi-year statewide study of teacher-preparation programs in Louisiana; prior reports from the study grouped Teach For America corps members and alumni with all other participants in the Louisiana Practitioner Teacher Program, which is the program that corps members in South Louisiana and Greater New Orleans complete to earn their certification. Read the New York Times editorial about the earlier results. Learn more.

(New!) Recruiting Effective Math Teachers, How Do Math Immersion Teachers Compare? Evidence from New York City
(Don Boyd, Pam Grossman, Karen Hammerness, Hamp Lankford, Susanna Loeb, Matt Ronfeldt, and Jim Wyckoff, 2009

Key finding: Teach For America middle-school math teachers in New York City were more effective than other beginning middle-school math teachers, including traditionally prepared teachers. The study, which is the latest in a multi-year examination of teachers and teacher-preparation programs in New York City, concluded that Teach For America corps members were having a positive impact relative to all other new teachers, and that this impact was stronger than the researchers had found in their previous studies. Learn more.

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