The Effects of Teach For America on Students: Findings from a National Evaluation

The Effects of Teach For America on Students: Findings from a National Evaluation

Published: Jun 09, 2004
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
Associated Project

National Evaluation of Teach For America

Time frame: 2001-2004

Prepared for:

The Smith Richardson Foundation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Carnegie Corporation

Authors

Paul T. Decker

Daniel P. Mayer

Steven Glazerman

Students of Teach For America teachers outscored their schoolmates on math achievement tests, and matched their average performance in reading, according to the findings from the first national evaluation of the impact of TFA teachers on student learning. The large-scale random assignment study, which compared the performance of TFA corps members to that of other novice and veteran teachers in the same elementary schools, also found differences in classroom management and teacher backgrounds.

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