Research identifying which teacher preparation experiences are related to improved student performance can generate hypotheses for improving teacher preparation and subsequently closing the student achievement gap. Abt Associates and our partners recruited a sample of large districts/states that could provide student-teacher linked achievement data to assess and examine the relationships between preparation experiences and teaching effectiveness. The sample consisted of 242 districts in 18 states. Among the findings: teachers who reported more frequent preparation experiences with strategies for creating a productive learning environment were more effective in the classroom than teachers who had fewer such experiences.
October 15, 2019