Three Florida alternative-certification programs attracted teacher-candidates who were more qualified on paper than traditionally certified teachers, but varied in how effective their graduates were in the classroom, concludes aby the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research.
Georgia State University researcher Tim R. Sass used a “value added” technique to study the test-score growth of students taught by teachers from three Florida certification routes: the Educator Preparation Institute certification option, run mainly by community colleges; district-run alternative certification; and credentialing by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence, a national, online alternative-route program.
He found EPI completers were worse at spurring achievement gains than traditionally prepared teachers. The ABCTE teachers boosted math achievement more than traditional-route teachers and showed slightly better reading results.
A version of this article appeared in the March 14, 2012 edition of Education Week as Alternative Routes