The state’s Higher Education Commission annually compiles data on recently graduated teachers to judge how its 42 schools and alternative certification teaching programs fare producing quality educators.
Here’s what they found in a report released today namely evaluating teachers who graduated in 2011-2012:
1) Of the 4,900 people who completed a teacher training program in 2011-12, 20 percent came from alternative certification programs. Among all programs, more than three out of four people who completed were female and seven in eight were white.
2) Gauged by student growth data on state tests, teachers in their first three years in the classroom performed just as well as veteran teachers in middle school science and social studies, and in high school Biology I, English I, II and III, and U.S. history. Veteran teachers were found more effective than new teachers in fourth through eighth grade math, reading/language arts, high school Algebra I and II, and in composite scores at both middle and high school.
3) New teachers with a traditional license have higher student growth scores than veterans in high school Biology I. Alternatively licensed teachers beat out veteran teachers in fourth through eighth grade science and high school English II.
4) Programs consistently producing teachers outperforming their peers or on the uptick include: Lipscomb University, Memphis Teacher Residency, Teach for America Memphis, Teach for America Nashville, Union University, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
5) Programs consistently producing teachers who underperform their veteran and other beginning teacher counterparts include Middle Tennessee State University, South College, Tennessee State University, The New Teacher Project - Memphis Teaching Fellows, Trevecca Nazarene University, University of Memphis, and the University of TN, Martin.
The full 401-page report, broken out into sections, is here.