Partner with Us on Research

Teach For America’s Commitment to Research

  • Existing Research
  • Statistics Overview
  • Research Agenda
  • Partner With Us

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 teachers in the same schools, and sometimes more effective among certain age groups and subjects.

  • For a comprehensive summary of the research on Teach For America’s impact within and beyond the classroom, read What the Research Says.

  • For an overview of research on Teach For America from the past five years, read this two-page summary.

  • For recent independent analyses that looked at Teach For America’s implementation and impact of the Investing in Innovation Scale-Up, click here and here.

  • For Teach For America's own research brief on the extent of alumni teaching, read this piece on unsung teaching.

In collaboration with our corps members, alumni, and staff, Teach For America gathers a great deal of data across all aspects of ourork. 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



In addition to studying the development and impact of newer initiatives around special education, early childhood education, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Teach For America’s Research Partnerships team engages with researchers and evaluators to interrogate the following assertions:

  1. Teach For America is a continuously improving organization.

  2. Teach For America provides a lens on the importance of selectivity.

  3. Corps members and alumni bend the opportunity curve for low-income children, directly and indirectly.

  4. Corps members, alumni, and staff show fidelity to the mission—to eliminate educational inequity—in patterns of service among institutions serving low-income children.

  5. Corps members and alumni pursue ambitious opportunities to lead at scale.

  6. In identity and practice, corps members, alumni, and staff embody the notion that diversity among those serving low-income children matters.

If your institution is interested in conducting research speaking to questions representing one or more items in our research agenda or to our special initiatives, please first refer to the Guidelines for Conducting Research in Partnership with Teach For America. Then complete the Preliminary Research Inquiry form to begin the conversation about partnership. Once you complete this online form, a member of our Research Partnerships team will contact you with details about next steps. For questions, please email