Louisiana may rate teacher training programs based on graduates’ classroom performance. George H. Noell, a Louisiana State psychology professor, “studied how student achievement related to teachers while also accounting for issues like race, poverty, prior achievement and classroom conditions,” reports the Baton Rouge Advocate.
In one case, Noell said, students with experienced teachers scored 10 or 15 points higher on the English portion of the Louisiana Education Assessment Program than those taught by new teachers from two universities. But in another case, he said, students taught by new teachers from a third university scored five points higher than the veteran teacher on the math part of LEAP, which officials said is highly significant.
Pinpointing teacher preparation methods in that third school could pave the way for similar success stories elsewhere, officials said.