I don’t know anything about the data out there that looks at corps member effectiveness, but because I’ve seen so little of it, my gut says that it’s pretty sparse.
Why? TFA seems like a pretty hot topic. Only 20 years old, maybe, but controversial and growing fast. Where’s the robust body of research to refute new corps members’ fears that their kids just might be better off with someone else? There are some studies on the TFA website, and I’ve found some others by looking at communities on TFAnet, but I want to see national studies with huge sample sizes, controlled for every variable imaginable, cut in every way possible.
I want to know…
… How TFA high school teachers compare to normal high school teachers, nationally and by institute region.
… the comparative effectiveness of TFA high school math teachers by region (both placement region and institute region), split by 1st and 2nd year
… How TFA high school math teachers compare to their normal-teacher-counterparts (traditional vs. alternatively certified, novice vs. veteran)
… How non-math-major TFA high school math teachers compare to other TFA teachers and normal teachers
… How TFA high school math teachers measure up, specifically in charter regions.
I’ve also been really curious about TFA’s internal data… what does student achievement look like, by region? How do charter regions compare to more established regions? Does student achievement of CMs with PDs in the same grade/content area differ from that of CMs with PDs of different grade/content areas? How many 1st year HS math CMs make significant gains? How many normal (non-TFA) teachers make significant gains? In what grade levels? Does corps size correlate with student achievement? Does placement date? Do non-traditional corps members have a different impact on their students’ achievement?
Is anyone doing this research? Where can I find it?