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ERIC Number: ED496298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: Author
Quality in the Classroom: How Does Teach For America Measure Up? Issue Brief #1
Decker, Paul; Mayer, Daniel; Glazerman, Steven
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
This four-page issue brief summarizes findings from Mathematica's evaluation of Teach For America. The researchers found that TFA teachers outperformed non-TFA teachers in the same schools in math and achieved the same results in reading. However, TFA teachers also reported greater challenges in managing their classrooms. TFA and non-TFA teachers had very different educational and teacher preparation backgrounds, with TFA teachers generally coming from more competitive undergraduate backgrounds but with less formal teacher training. However, non-TFA teachers came from a diversity of backgrounds and preparation, with many entering the profession without substantial teacher training. (Contains 2 figures.)
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 609-799-3535; Fax: 609-799-0005; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Palo Alto, CA.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, NJ.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A