'Impacts of the Teach For America Investing in Innovation Scale-Up'

'Impacts of the Teach For America Investing in Innovation Scale-Up'

While undertook a five-year expansion effort funded in part by a $50 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, the quality of its teachers remained more or less stable, an evaluation conducted by finds. According to the report, (106 pages, PDF), TFA recruited, trained, and placed 25 percent more corps members in low-income high-need schools in 2011-13, even though it ultimately fell short of its goal of boosting the number by 80 percent by September 2014. Th report also found that in the 2012-13 school year, first- and second-year TFA corps members were found to be as effective as non-TFA teachers at teaching reading and math, with TFA teachers in prekindergarten through second grade having a positive, statistically significant effect on student reading achievement. Unlike previous studies, however, the evaluation did not find that TFA corps members were more effective at teaching math than non-TFA teachers.