Program Evaluations

August 27, 2014                                                                                                                                          View Narrative Report

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Foundation for Teaching Economics

We are pleased to submit the report of our independent evaluation of the FTE’s 2014 programs, based on surveys completed by more than 1,000 students and teachers and results from pre- and post-tests of learning. Highlights include the following:

  • Students in the 2014 Economics for Leaders program had, on average, a 12 percentage-point gain from pre- to post-test, demonstrating substantial learning over the course of the weeklong program.
  • Teacher participants in all 2014 online courses demonstrated learning gains from pre- to post-test. Average gains ranged from 14 to 25 percentage points.
  • Teachers in FTE’s 2014 programs reported changes in their understanding of key economic concepts. In follow-up surveys, teachers in FTE’s 2013 programs overwhelmingly reported increased confidence and enthusiasm for teaching economics.
  • Teachers are returning to their classroom and using FTE materials. In follow-up surveys, teachers in FTE’s 2013 programs reported overwhelmingly that they have used FTE materials with their students.

Moreover, feedback from participants shows that students and teachers in FTE’s 2014 programs were consistently and extremely pleased with the quality of FTE instructors and staff, materials, program format, and course content.

As in years past, in 2014 the FTE implemented a set of consistently high-quality economics education programs and has positively and directly affected hundreds of students and teachers.


Ina V.S. Mullis, Ph.D.

Professor, Lynch School of Education

Co-Director, International Study Center

Boston College

Dana L. Kelly, Ph.D

Senior Research Analyst

U.S. Department of Education

Washington, D.C.