“2011 Report Card on the Effectiveness of Teacher Training Programs”
The report, produced by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, shows which of the state’s teacher programs tend to produce teachers who boost students’ test scores and which do not.
Teach For America in Memphis and Nashville outshone traditional college programs and alternative-certification programs statewide. Nine other training programs were cited as yielding less effective teachers.
The state report card includes data only on the 35 percent of teachers in state-tested subjects and grades.
Nationally, the TFA program admits top college graduates who commit to teaching two years in high-poverty schools.
A version of this article appeared in the November 09, 2011 edition of Education Week as Teacher Training