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Impact Case Study: ACER evaluation

Monday, April 4th, 2016

In 2013, an independent evaluation of the Teach For Australia program, commissioned by the Australian Government and conducted by the Australian Council of Educational Research, was published.

The evaluation assessed the first three years of Associate placements (Cohorts 2010 to 2012) and found that Teach For Australia:

  • attracts exceptional teachers to schools serving low socioeconomic communities;
  • addresses teacher shortages in areas of science and maths;
  • and has a big impact on student performance.

ACER-evaluation

Fellow teachers noted that Associates bring a depth of knowledge about their subject, teaching methods and use of technology, which challenge and change aspects of their own practice.

The evaluation also revealed that Associates added to the quality and variety of the teaching workforce as up to 80 per cent had not decided to enter teaching had it not been for the Teach For Australia program.

The program was found to be beneficial for schools struggling to attract high-quality teachers, schools struggling to retain staff for more than one year and schools in regional, rural and remote areas.

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