WWC Summary of Evidence for this Intervention

Teach for America (TFA)

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.

Reviewed Research

August 2016
 
Outcome
domain
Effectiveness
rating
Studies meeting standards Grades
examined
Students Improvement
index
English language arts achievement No discernible effects 5 studies meet standards K-12 53,595 --
Clark, M. A., Isenberg, E., Liu, A. Y., Makowsky, L., & Zukiewicz, M. (2015) K-5 2,123 --
Glazerman, S., Mayer, D., & Decker, P. (2006) 1-5 1,715 --
Henry, G. T., Purtell, K. M., Bastian, K. C., Fortner, C. K., Thompson, C. L., Campbell, S. L., & Patterson, K. M. (2014) 3-12 18,044 --
Turner, H. M., Goodman, D., Adachi, E., Brite, J., & Decker, L. E. (2012) 4-8 11,202 --
Ware, A., LaTurner, R. J., Parsons, J., Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., Garland, M., & Klopfenstein, K. (2011) 3-11 --
Mathematics achievement Positive effects 6 studies meet standards K-12 65,324
 
 
4
Clark, M. A., Chiang, H. S., Silva, T., McConnell, S., Sonnenfeld, K., Erbe, A., & Puma, M. (2013) 6-12 4,573
 
 
3
Clark, M. A., Isenberg, E., Liu, A. Y., Makowsky, L., & Zukiewicz, M. (2015) K-5 2,065 --
Glazerman, S., Mayer, D., & Decker, P. (2006) 1-5 1,715
 
 
6
Henry, G. T., Purtell, K. M., Bastian, K. C., Fortner, C. K., Thompson, C. L., Campbell, S. L., & Patterson, K. M. (2014) 3-12 22,056
 
 
5
Turner, H. M., Goodman, D., Adachi, E., Brite, J., & Decker, L. E. (2012) 4-8 8,056
 
 
5
Ware, A., LaTurner, R. J., Parsons, J., Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., Garland, M., & Klopfenstein, K. (2011) 3-11 --
Science achievement Potentially positive effects 1 study meets standards 9-12 36,104
 
 
7
Xu, Z., Hannaway, J., & Taylor, C. (2011) 9-12 36,104
 
 
7
Social studies achievement No discernible effects 1 study meets standards 3-12 6,051 --
Henry, G. T., Purtell, K. M., Bastian, K. C., Fortner, C. K., Thompson, C. L., Campbell, S. L., & Patterson, K. M. (2014) 3-12 6,051 --

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