08/03/2011 11:00 am ET Updated Oct 03, 2011

TFA Selection Criteria Linked To Student Gains

Certain aspects of Teach For America's selection process appear to be linked to student achievement gains--a sign that it's possible to recruit candidates who are more likely to have an edge in the classroom, a new study concludes.

The study, by Will Dobbie of Harvard University, shows that the information used to select TFA candidates predicts a degree of student achievement during the candidate's first year of teaching. To give an example, students assigned to a teacher with a one standard deviation increase on the group's leadership metric score, on average, .054 standard deviations higher in math.

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