ERIC Number: ED393388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teacher Education Loan Program, RR-91-04.
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
This report evaluates the Teacher Education Loan Program in Ohio based on an analysis of survey responses of 57 recipients and 47 non-recipients of these loans in 1990-91. Data were also obtained from administrators of the program and publications and statistics provided by the program. Questions asked were intended to discover the program's effectiveness in persuading or enabling people to become teachers. The program has provided approximately 800 loans since 1986 for students who either are members of a racial minority or plan to teach in an area that has a shortage of teachers. The average loan for 1990-91 was approximately $3,500. Results did not provide evidence that the loan program, although useful and appreciated, had a significant impact on student decisions about what subject to teach nor was there evidence that the program caused students to choose a teaching career. The report recommends that if the General Assembly wishes to reward good students who have decided to become teachers, there should be a revision of the program description and claims. If, however, the General Assembly intends to provide an effective incentive to undecided students to select teaching careers, the statute authorizing this loan program should be repealed and a new program more likely to accomplish this goal should be designed. The survey form is attached. (NAV)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
Identifiers: Financial Aid Recipients; Ohio