Tag Archives: teacher effectiveness

More evidence of TFA success

A new study by Mathematica Policy Research examined the performance of Teach for America (TFA) teachers in grades K-5.  This independent evaluation showed, once again, that TFA teachers outperform their colleagues in low-income schools. Using a rigorous random assignment design to examine the effectiveness of TFA elementary school teachers in the second year of theContinue Reading






Huffpost: “Most American Teachers Don’t Look Like Their Students”

I hope no teachers look like their students.  That would be creepy – like an Orphan Black sort of thing. Of course the Huffpost article addresses differences in the racial and ethnic composition of the teacher workforce compared to the students they teach.  According to the article, But teacher demographics are not keeping pace withContinue Reading






Mathematica: TFA teachers effective, Teaching Fellows average

Mathematica Policy Research and the U.S. Department of Education conducted a study of Teach for America (TFA) and Teaching Fellows programs.  They released study results today. In “The Effectiveness of Secondary Math Teachers from Teach For America and the Teaching Fellows Programs,” Mathematica researchers concluded, 1. TFA teachers were more effective than the teachers withContinue Reading






NYC releases teacher effectiveness data

Last week, the New York City Department of Education released performance data for the district’s 18,000 public school teachers.  According to an article in Governing, The reports rank individual teachers based on their students’ performance in math and English over a five-year period, concluding with the 2009-2010 school year. According to the Times, a spokesmanContinue Reading






The teacher quality debate

Days after the NC Department of Public Instruction released teacher effectiveness ratings, the National Council on Teacher Quality published evaluations of teacher quality in each state. North Carolina fared poorly in the NCTQ study.  Overall, NC earned a D+.  Compared to efforts to raise teacher quality in other states, NC faltered with a ranking ofContinue Reading






New study on teacher effectiveness

Educational Researcher (2011: vol. 40, no. 6, p. 271-80) just published an excellent article by Gary Henry (UNC-CH), Kevin Bastian (UNC-CH), and C. Kevin Fortner (GA State) titled “Stayers and Leavers: Early-Career Teacher Effectiveness and Attrition.”  The researchers examined teachers and test scores from North Carolina public schools. Henry and his associates asked a criticalContinue Reading