Who produces the most effective math teachers for New York City schools? A study on teacher effectiveness put Teach for America in first place, traditional college programs in second and New York’s Math Immersion program in third, reports the National Council on Teacher Quality. MI, an alternative certification program, produces nearly half the math teachers in the city.
However, “most of the teachers from one pathway are indistinguishable from teachers who enter through other pathways,” the study found.
College programs and MI vary enormously from site to site, NCTQ points out.
One might expect the Math Immersion program, generally speaking, to be the heaviest on math content, yet the number of credits required among its five sites ranges from only three all the way up to 18. And although the local colleges, on average, are lighter on math methods, they can require as many as seven credits. One might also think that the colleges might err on the side of too much professional coursework — yet almost half of them, for example, fail to require a single course in classroom management.
When new teachers are asked what they wish they’d learned in education school, they often say they weren’t prepared to manage a classroom.