Kids vs. Adults: Using Observations and Student Surveys to Evaluate the Arkansas Teacher Corps

60 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2016 Last revised: 7 Oct 2016

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Elise Swanson

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform

Gary Ritter

Saint Louis University School of Education

Date Written: October 4, 2016

Abstract

This study is an evaluation of the Arkansas Teacher Corps, an alternative teacher certification program that places teachers in high needs schools in rural, southern Arkansas. This evaluation focuses on an intermediate goal of the organization — effective teaching practices — and uses a matching strategy to determine the effectiveness of Arkansas Teacher Corps Fellows. Data comes from third party observations and student surveys. ATC teachers are rated significantly higher on constructs of content knowledge, teacher-student relationships in class, and teacher-student relationships out of class by students. There are no significant differences between ATC and non-ATC teachers noted by observers or on other constructs measured by student surveys.

Keywords: Alternative Certification, High Needs Schools, Teacher Observations, Student Surveys, Matching

Suggested Citation

Swanson, Elise and Ritter, Gary, Kids vs. Adults: Using Observations and Student Surveys to Evaluate the Arkansas Teacher Corps (October 4, 2016). EDRE Working Paper No. 2016-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2838473

Elise Swanson (Contact Author)

University of Arkansas - Department of Education Reform ( email )

201 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Gary Ritter

Saint Louis University School of Education ( email )

220 North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63103
United States
314-977-3290 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.slu.edu/education/faculty/gary-ritter.php

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