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Teach for America (TFA)
Teacher Training, Evaluation, and Compensation

TFA teachers were found to have positive effects on mathematics achievement, potentially positive effects on science achievement, and no discernible effects on social studies achievement and English language arts achievement for students in grades pre-K–12.
Teach For America (TFA) is a highly selective route to teacher certification that aims to place non-traditionally trained teachers in high-need public schools. Many TFA teachers hold bachelors’ degrees from selective colleges and universities, in fields outside of education. TFA teachers commit to teach for at least 2 years. TFA teachers receive 5–7 weeks of in-person training over the summer before they begin teaching, then continue to receive professional development and one-on-one coaching from TFA while teaching, in addition to support provided by their schools and districts. As full-time employees of the public schools where they work, TFA teachers receive the same salary and benefits as other first- or second-year teachers in their school or district.

Findings

7
studies that met standards out of
24
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
English language arts achievement No discernible effects K-12 --
Mathematics achievement Positive effects K-12
 
 
4
Science achievement Potentially positive effects 9-12
 
 
7
Social studies achievement No discernible effects 3-12 --

Last Updated: August 2016

Race

Asian
2%
Black
38%
White
7%
Not specified
1%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
57%
Not Hispanic
42%

Gender

Male: 50%
Female: 49%

Free & Reduced-Price Lunch

92%

English Learners

English Learners icon
16%

Delivery Method

whole class icon
Whole Class

Type

Teacher-level

Urbanicity

Rural
Suburban
Urban

Locations

IL, LA, MD, MS, NC, TX, CA
Midwest, South, West


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-IES-13-C-0010.

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