Does Teacher Preparation Matter? Evidence about Teacher Certification, Teach for America, and Teacher Effectiveness


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Using a data set from Houston, Texas, this 2005 article links student characteristics and achievement with data about their teachers' certification status, experience, and degree levels from 1995-2002. The article examines whether certified teachers are more effective than those who have not met the testing and training requirements. The article also compares the effectiveness of Teach for America candidates to similarly experienced certified teachers.

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    Topics: Instructional Leadership, Practitioners, Staffing, Professional Development, Leadership, Charter Schools

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    Tool for: Charter Schools

    Beneficiary: Charter Schools