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The Promise of Older Novices: Teach For America Teachers’ Age of Entry and Subsequent Retention in Teaching and Schools
The primary purpose of this study is to examine whether older entrants to teaching are more likely than younger recruits to voluntarily remain in low-income schools and the teaching profession as a whole. The author found that older TFA entrants to teaching had a lower risk than did younger entrants of leaving low-income schools, the teaching profession, and broader school-based roles. The author further found that older entrants’ backgrounds differed from younger entrants. These findings suggest that older entrants to teaching may prove a promising source of teachers for low-income schools.
Updated: May. 28, 2012