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"2012 Report Card on Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs"

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The Memphis Teacher Residency produces teachers that outperform the average veteran teacher in Tennessee with students in grades 4-8, and in mathematics and science specifically, according to an analysisRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader of teacher-preparation programs released this month by Tennessee's higher education commission.

The MTR, a 3-year-old program that couples an intensive, yearlong apprenticeship for teachers with slimmed-down coursework requirements, and, in social studies, Freed-Hardeman University, in Henderson, were the only two preparers to show positive effects on student achievement and had no negative scores in any subject.

Tennessee officials based their conclusions on a value-added measure that links growth in student achievement to the graduates of particular teacher-preparation programs.

Vol. 32, Issue 12, Page 5

Published in Print: November 14, 2012, as Preparing Teachers
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