Program Evaluations

August 25, 2013                                                                                                                                          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 2013 programs. Evaluations completed by participants in 2013 indicate participants’ extremely high levels of satisfaction with the content, materials, and instructors in all programs.

Highlights from our 2013 evaluation include the following.
• Students in the Economics for Leaders program posted, on average, an 11 percentage-point gain from pre- to post-test, demonstrating substantial learning over the course of the week-long program.
• Overall, 90 percent or more of teachers in the Economics for Leaders program said the sessions were stimulating and clear and the instructors were responsive.
• Overall, 91 percent of teachers in Economic Forces in American History reported that their understanding of the government’s role in the history of the U.S. economy has changed at least somewhat as a result of the program.
• One hundred percent of the teachers in the Environment and the Economy program said the sessions were stimulating and the content was clear.
• One hundred percent of the teachers in the Right Start in Teaching Economics agreed or strongly agreed that the instructors were responsive and 92 percent of the teachers rated the instructors exceptional or superb.
• There were impressive learning gains in the online courses for teachers, including a 21.7 percentage point gain from pre- to post-test in one program.

Across programs, teachers in last year’s programs report that they have used FTE materials with their students and report increased enthusiasm, confidence and student understanding.

In 2013, as in past years, FTE has provided students and teachers with an exceptional set of programs, each of which is having a remarkable impact on participants and, in turn, economics teaching and learning.

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.