Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How Effective Are Scholarships to Recruit the “Best and Brightest” Into Teaching


Who Is Recruited, Where Do They Teach, How Effective Are They, and How Long Do They Stay?

Is a popular innovation for increasing human capital in the teaching profession—competitive college scholarships for teachers—effective? The authors of this study show that one large and long-standing merit-based scholarship program (a) attracts teacher candidates who have high academic qualifications; (b) yields graduates who teach lower performing students, although not as challenging as the students of other beginning teachers; (c) produces teachers who raise high school and third- through eighth-grade mathematics test scores more than other traditionally prepared teachers do; and (d) produces teachers who stay in public school classrooms for 5 years or more at higher rates than alternative entry or other traditionally prepared teachers.