The Effectiveness of Secondary Math Teachers from Teach For America and the Teaching Fellows Programs

Program/Intervention: 
Secondary Math Teachers
Implementing Organization: 
Teach for America and Teaching Fellows
Summary: 
High-poverty schools are increasingly using Teach for America (TFA) and Teaching Fellows in their classrooms. The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Services commissioned the evaluation, which had the primary research question: How effective are TFA teachers and Teaching Fellows at teaching secondary math compared with other teachers teaching the same math courses in the same schools?
The study found that TFA teachers were more effective at raising math scores than both novice and experienced comparison teachers, and more effective in both middle and high schools. Teaching Fellows were more effective at raising math scores than novice comparison teachers, but were neighter more nor less effective than experienced teachers, and in middle and high schools. 
CNCS Program(s): 
AmeriCorps State and National
CNCS Focus Area(s): 
Education
Age(s) Studied: 
13-17 (Adolescent)
Focus Population(s)/Community(s): 
Schools
Low Income
Outcomes Category(s): 
K-12 Success
Non-profit Development
Study Design(s): 
Experimental (RCT)
Level of Evidence: 
Strong
Evaluator: 
Mathematica Policy Research
Year Published: 
2015
Date Posted Online: 
April 26, 2016
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