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The data this research provides is pretty clear that we’re having a positive impact on the achievement of low-income students,” said Robert Carreon, executive director of Teach for America Rio Grande Valley.
The data gathered for the report also did not analyze teacher certification or degree programs. Julian Vasquez Heilig, an education professor at the University of Texas at Austin, said the lack of certification data was a “fatal flaw” for the study.
“You’re comparing apples to oranges,” he said. “Experience is not always a proxy for training.”
David Goodman, a researcher who helped conduct the study, said Edvance was unable to obtain individual teacher certificationdata from the state but said the effect sizes were so strong, controlling for certification would not have eliminated them altogether.
But Heilig said teacher certification is at the heart of the instructor quality problem TFA wants to address.
“A revolving door of untrained, uncertified teachers is probably our biggest single problem in education today,” he said.
Because of those [statistical] limitations, Fuller and Dadey caution that the report does not provide solid evidence that either TFA teachers or TFA alumni have a measured effect on student test scores.