A frequent criticism of TFA is that their teachers usually don’t stay beyond the two-year commitment.
Over the years, TFA has had different responses to this. For a long time the statistic they touted was that 60% of corps members who complete the two years also teach a third year. Though this statistic doesn’t include those who don’t make it though the two years (which is around 12%) it still is more than most people would figure. Though they don’t publish these statistics so much anymore, it used to be generally accepted that only about 25% stay for a fourth year.
Nowadays, TFA has found a sneaky way to inflate their retention numbers by using their annual survey. According to TFA, 80% of people who answered the survey say that they are either still ‘in education’ or somehow ‘serves low-income communities.’ This number is inflated for two reasons: 1) The self-selection…
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