The state of Louisiana has just released a study that bodes well for The New Teacher Project. Long story short, the study is evidence that TNTP is doing a better than adequate job of preparing teachers in LA. Using value added analysis (i.e., linking student performance gains to teachers), the novice teachers prepared by TNTP performed like they had several years of experience. In general, the first few years of a teacher’s career are understandably messy and the students will often pay the price in less time for learning. This study is basically saying that TNTP has reduced the pain.
Louisiana is relatively unique among the 50 states in that they have a very strong system in place to measure the outputs of the various teacher preparation programs operating in the state. A former boss of mine was instrumental in putting this in place some years ago and I was excited to read some of what it produced today (as an aside, try not to let your eyes be offended by the design of the site).