Teach For America (TFA), the alternative certification program that places intensively selected recent college graduates and midcareer professionals into classrooms serving high-need students, requires a two-year commitment from the corps members it places in regions across the country. This report examines low retention, a major point of criticism directed at the program.
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10 Oct 2015
Despite a large number of studies investigating the Teach for America (TFA) effect on math and English achievement, little is known about nontested outcomes. Using administrative data from Miami-Dade County Public Schools to investigate the relationship between being in a TFA classroom and non-test student outcomes, researchers found suggestive evidence that students taught by TFA teachers in elementary and middle school were less likely to miss school due to unexcused absences and suspensions, compared to non-TFA teachers in the same school.