Thursday, February 2, 2012

Alternative Certification with AMAZING results!

There is a new study out on alternative teacher certification in Florida that demonstrates the amazing work we did at the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) back in the day.  When I arrived, we had Florida as a state but had not done any recruiting to get teachers.  So we set out to get some math and science experts in the classroom through our alt cert program.  Looks like we succeeded according the Tim Sass study released last month. I am proud of many things in my life, but putting ABCTE on track to get results like this is certainly in the top 5.

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.