Teach for America teachers in Los Angeles outperformed non-TFA teachers in the same grade levels, subjects and schools, concludes a study funded by the Broad Foundation. From Teacher Beat:
. . . TFA teachers were linked to test scores that were 3 points higher overall than non-TFA teachers, even those who had been in the classroom much longer. And, they were even more effective than other teachers with similar years of teaching experience. (The scores for that comparison were 4 points higher for TFA teachers than for non-TFA teachers.)
Students weren’t randomly assigned, points out Teacher Beat’s Stephen Sawchuk. It’s possible TFA teachers had easier classes. But it’s not likely: Newbies rarely get the easy assignments.