WWC review of this study

The effects of Teach for America on students: Findings from a national evaluation.

Decker, P. T., Mayer, D. P., & Glazerman, S. (2004). Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Princeton, NJ. Retrieved from: https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED485778

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
     examining 
    1,774
     Students
    , grades
    1-5
At least one statistically significant positive finding
Meets WWC standards without reservations

Reviewed: February 2016

Academic achievement outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Summer school attendance

Teach for America (TFA) vs. Unknown

End of school year

Full sample;
1,634 students

30.92

30.52

No

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More Outcomes

Days absent

Teach for America (TFA) vs. Unknown

End of school year

Full sample;
1,676 students

8.83

8.31

No

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Chronic absenteeism

Teach for America (TFA) vs. Unknown

End of school year

Full sample;
1,672 students

15.6

15.07

No

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Mathematics achievement outcomes—Statistically significant positive effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Mathematics achievement

Teach for America (TFA) vs. Unknown

End of school year

Full sample;
1,715 students

30.44

28.01

Yes

 
 
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Progressing in school outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Grade retention

Teach for America (TFA) vs. Unknown

End of school year

Full sample;
1,774 students

13.03

12.09

No

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Reading achievement outcomes—Indeterminate effects found
Outcome
measure
Comparison Period Sample Intervention
mean
Comparison
mean
Significant? Improvement
index

Reading achievement

Teach for America (TFA) vs. Unknown

End of school year

Full sample;
1,715 students

28.17

27.61

No

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Characteristics of study sample as reported by study author.


  • 95% Free or reduced price lunch

  • Female: 49%
    Male: 51%
  • Race
    Black
    67%
    Not specified
    3%
  • Ethnicity
    Hispanic
    26%
    Not Hispanic
    74%

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    California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Texas
 

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