Key Study Information

We are all concerned about providing our children with highly effective teachers. More than ever, we need to know how to prepare teachers who, even in their early years in the classroom, know how to support the academic development of the nation’s increasingly diverse students. This study asks the important question: Are teachers’ preparation experiences related to their effectiveness in the classroom?

Abt Associates, Education Analytics, and Westat are working with the U.S. Department of Education to conduct this national study of the relationship between teacher preparation program experiences and the effectiveness of first, second, and third year teachers.

Who is eligible to participate?
Teachers who are in their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year of teaching and who have ever taught reading/English language arts or math to 4th-6th grade students are eligible to participate.

How will we locate these eligible teachers?
The study team has recruited approximately 40 sites nationwide to provide contact information for their eligible teachers.

What will participating eligible teachers be asked to do?
Eligible teachers are being asked to complete an online survey that takes approximately 35 minutes about the experiences they had in their teacher preparation program, including coursework and fieldwork. They will only take the survey once. In sites where incentives are allowed, teachers will receive an incentive for their time completing the survey.

Will the data obtained be kept confidential?
Yes. All personally identifiable information obtained from sites and teachers as a result of this study will be kept confidential, to the extent allowed by law. Teachers’ names will be kept separate from their survey data and will not be included in any study reports. School staff, district staff, and parents will not be allowed to see teachers’ personal information, academic information, or survey responses.

Additional questions?
If you have any questions about the study, including technical difficulties such as logging in, please call 1-855-209-9060 (toll-free) or email

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