September 15, 2017
Board of Trustees Foundation for Teaching Economics
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I am pleased to submit my independent evaluation of the FTE’s 2017 programs, based on feedback from more than 1,200 students and teachers. Participants’ comments, as well as comprehensive student testing, reveal the very powerful and positive impacts FTE programs are having.
In summary, both students and teachers across all programs consistently and overwhelmingly praised:
- FTE instructors for their passion, responsiveness and knowledge;
- FTE content for its clarity and ability to be used in the classroom;
- FTE programs for enhancing their understanding of economics
Pre- and post-tests of the high school students attending Economics for Leaders programs revealed positive changes in their understanding of economic concepts. Students had an average post-test score of 79%, with some improvements as large as 13%. Students praised the instructors for their ability to make challenging content understandable.
High school teachers reported profound benefits from attending FTE programs, with 98% indicating the content would improve their teaching. 96% said they would recommend FTE programs to their colleagues. Teachers indicated they had learned how to better teach an economic way of thinking and praised both the instructors and the salient content, as well as their effective delivery.
Based on my review of the data, the FTE should take pride in an impressive array of programs that are providing a framework for teaching an economic way of thinking in high school classrooms. FTE is providing much needed training and exposition on the economic topics and education methodology so needed in high schools today.
Anne Rathbone Bradley, Ph.D.