Random Assignment Within Schools: Lessons Learned from the Teach For America Experiment

Random Assignment Within Schools: Lessons Learned from the Teach For America Experiment

Published: Apr 30, 2012
Publisher: Education Finance and Policy, vol. 7, no. 2
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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

Steven Glazerman

This article discusses the trade-offs associated with study designs that involve random assignment of students within schools and describes the experience from one such study of Teach For America (TFA). The article concludes that within-school random assignment studies such as the TFA evaluation are challenging but may also be feasible and generate useful evidence.

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