Teach For America Passes the Test with Most Participants in Principal Survey
Jan 17, 2018
Teach For America (TFA) recruits, selects, and trains recent college graduates and professionals to teach for a two-year commitment in high-needs schools across the United States. This report describes the findings from TFA's 2017 National Principal Survey, which is administered biennially to all partner principals currently employing TFA teachers (called corps members) in their schools.
School Leader Perspectives on Induction, Support, and School Partnerships
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Teach For America (TFA) recruits, selects, and trains recent college graduates and professionals to teach for a two-year commitment in high-needs schools across the United States. This report describes the findings from TFA's 2017 National Principal Survey, which is administered biennially to all partner principals currently employing TFA teachers (called corps members) in their schools. Nearly 1,100 principals across the United States who work with TFA corps members completed the 2017 National Principal Survey, for an overall response rate of 43 percent.
The survey results suggest that principals are generally satisfied with corps members and the support that TFA provides to corps members. As a possible reflection of this satisfaction, respondents were also likely to consider hiring a TFA corps member to fill a vacancy and/or recommend hiring a corps member to a school leader colleague. The findings suggest that if a principal does hesitate to hire a corps member, it could be due to perceptions of weak classroom management skills or the potential for losing the corps member after their two-year commitment. Although overall marks were high, charter school principals and TFA alumni principals tended to rate corps members' abilities to create classroom environments that supported student growth and achievement significantly lower than their non–charter school leader and non–TFA alumni school leader counterparts. These results shed light on opportunities for TFA to continue to improve principal satisfaction with corps members and the training and support TFA provides them.
Overview of the Survey Process
Principals' Satisfaction with Corps Members and Alumni
Principals' Thoughts About Hiring Teach For America Corps Members and the Training and Support Corps Members Receive
Alumni and Charter School Findings
Conclusion, Recommendations, and Future Research
Survey Sample and Response Rates, by Region
2017 National Principal Survey Instrument Responses
2017 National Principal Survey Instrument Responses, by Alumni Status
2017 National Principal Survey Instrument Responses, by Charter Status
The research described in this report was funded by Teach For America (TFA) and conducted by RAND Education.
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