Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The TFA Top-10 Listers, Where Are They Now? | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

The TFA Top-10 Listers, Where Are They Now? | Gary Rubinstein's Blog:

The TFA Top-10 Listers, Where Are They Now?

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A frequent criticism of TFA is that their teachers usually don’t stay beyond the two-year commitment.
Over the years, TFA has had different responses to this.  For a long time the statistic they touted was that 60% of corps members who complete the two years also teach a third year.  Though this statistic doesn’t include those who don’t make it though the two years (which is around 12%) it still is more than most people would figure.  Though they don’t publish these statistics so much anymore, it used to be generally accepted that only about 25% stay for a fourth year.
Nowadays, TFA has found a sneaky way to inflate their retention numbers by using their annual survey.  According to TFA, 80% of people who answered the survey say that they are either still ‘in education’ or somehow ‘serves low-income communities.’  This number is inflated for two reasons:  1) The self-selection of the survey takers, and 2) The way they collect this information by having alumni answer these ambiguous questions:
Without having access to the data of all 50,000 alumni, it is hard to know, anymore, what percent of TFAers become career teachers.
Four years ago, TFA got some national attention as ten of their new 2013 CMs got the opportunity to read a David Letterman Top 10 List ‘The Top 10 Reasons I Decided To Become A Teacher.’  This offended many people who really decided to become teachers since most of the TFAers were likely not going to become teachers for more than two years.
Now I know that ten people is a very small sample, but I thought it would be interesting to follow up on these ten people, four years later.  Even though it is just ten people, we can presume that these ten people were not just randomly chosen by TFA to be on David The TFA Top-10 Listers, Where Are They Now? | Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
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