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ERIC Number: ED512008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
WWC Quick Review of the Report "An Evaluation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) in Chicago: Year Two Impact Report"
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The study examined whether the Chicago Teacher Advancement Program, which provides financial incentives for teachers, leads to improved student achievement and teacher retention. The study analyzed data on more than 67,000 students in grades 4 through 8 and on more than 8,000 teachers in about 260 elementary schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. The study compared student achievement and teacher retention rates in the 16 elementary schools that voluntarily participated in the program for one or two years (8 schools each) with the student and teacher outcomes in the remaining, nonparticipating schools. Comparison schools were statistically matched to program schools on pre-program measures of school size, teacher retention, accountability status, student achievement, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and truancy rates. Compared with a group of matched comparison schools, students at the 16 Teacher Advancement Program schools did not have significantly higher scores on state reading or mathematics tests. The authors reported no significant effect of the Teacher Advancement Program on teacher retention at either the school or district level. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has reservations about these findings because the groups of students, teachers, and schools compared in the analysis may have differed from each other in ways not controlled for in the analysis. (Contains 4 footnotes.) [The following study is the focus of this "Quick Review": Glazerman, S., & Seifullah, A. (2010). "An evaluation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) in Chicago: Year two impact report" (Reference number 6319-520). Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research (ED510712).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Illinois
IES Funded: Yes