Tim R. Sass, Department of Economics Georgia State University December 12, 2011
From the Study
Teachers who obtain certification through the three distinctly alternative routes (district alternative
certification, Educator Preparation Institutes and ABCTE) have stronger credentials than graduates of
Florida teacher preparation programs. A greater proportion graduated from the most competitive
colleges and fewer graduated from the least competitive colleges.
…combined SAT scores are significantly higher for alternatively certified teachers, about 100 points greater for district alternative certification and EPI teachers and over 150 points greater for ABCTE teachers.
On Performance:The performance of ABCTE teachers in teaching math is substantially better, on average, than for preparation program graduates. Across all specifications and tests, ABCTE teachers boost math achievement by six to eleven percent of a standard deviation more than do traditionally prepared teachers.
For both district alternative-certification and EPI teachers, their estimated value-added to student achievement is not statistically different from that of traditionally prepared teachers in all test/specification combinations. However, differences in value-added estimates for ABCTE teachers remain large and statistically significant in math when using the FCAT-SSS exam.