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UTeach Program Producing Quality STEM Teachers

April 06, 2017 • Zach DiSchiano

Established 20 years ago by the University of Texas at Austin, UTeach is a program dedicated to producing more effective math and science teachers in high quantities.

The program has expanded to 44 universities in 21 other states and is expected to produce more than 9,000 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2020. A recent report from the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) found students taught by UTeach teachers perform significantly better on end-of-grade tests in math and end-of-course tests in math and science by 5 to 12 percent of a standard deviation on the test, depending on the grade and subject.

Students taught by UTeach program graduates are estimated to accrue four to six months of additional learning in a nine-month school year, according to the report.

The study also found evidence UTeach partner universities produce a higher number STEM teachers after implementing the program. Consequently, the program improves the overall quality of the STEM workforce by producing more above-average teachers from universities.

To learn more about the UTeach program, checkout their website at https://uteach.utexas.edu/.

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