Teach For America: A Return to the Evidence (The Sequel)


Once the rhetoric is stripped, the hype worn down and the two years finished, what do we have? Disruption without improvement? TFA interns should stick to volunteering, maybe? Like with a master teacher with a minimum of five years’ experience? We know what works. Why don’t we celebrate skill and dedication instead of novelty for novelty’s sake? Just sayin’

Cloaking Inequity

The sequel to the 2010 Teach For America: A Review of the Evidence was released by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) today. The new policy report is entitled Teach For America: A Return to the Evidence. I have included the citation, official NEPC press release, and the Executive Summary in this post.

Citation: Vasquez Heilig, J. & Jez, S.J. (2014). Teach For America: A Return to the Evidence. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved from http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/teach-for-america-return.

Press Release: A Return to the Evidence

Scholars conclude the program has some strengths, but smart policy should focus on reforms
that create stability and with stronger track records for improving student achievement

BOULDER, CO (January 7, 2014) — Teach For America (TFA) is almost a quarter-century old. Since its launch, the program has experienced phenomenal growth, both in the numbers of participants and in the financial support it has received…

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