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CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS AND TEACHER QUALITY: A COMPARISON OF ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO TEACHING

December 12, 2011
By Tim Sass

Alternatively certified teachers are as good as or better than those certified traditionally, according to a study of Florida test score data by Georgia State economist Tim Sass.

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Alternatively certified teachers are as good as or better than those certified traditionally, according to a study of Florida test score data by Georgia State economist Tim Sass.

Differences between the two are due largely to the type of applicant they draw, the stuy shows. Average SAT scores of alternatively certified teachers are 100 points higher than those of traditionally certified teachers, and graduates of the alternative-route American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) average 150 points higher.

While approximately two-thirds of traditionally certified teachers passed the math portion of the licensure exam the first time, almost all ABCTE teachers did, Sass found.

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