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This evaluation by staff at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

This report has been made available under the Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0 AU) license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/


The evaluation of the Teach for Australia Pathway was commissioned by DEEWR and commenced in March 2010. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess whether the delivery of the Pathway can be modified to better achieve intended outputs and outcomes, and whether the Pathway is achieving expected outcomes.

This report (Part 2) concerns the second of three phases of the evaluation of the TFA Pathway. The first report (Part 1) was designed to provide a summary of data gathered on the operation of the Pathway in its initial stages. Data for that report were collected via site visits with schools and phone interviews with the program partners, the Associates, their Mentors, principals and other school personnel, and the Educational Advisers from April through July 2010. This information was gathered to provide early feedback on how the Pathway was being implemented – to synthesise emerging themes in the delivery of the program and to inform future development and implementation.

This second report builds on the first and is based on interview data collected between April and August 2011, and online surveys of Associates conducted in November 2010 and 2011. It provides a summary of the main findings emerging from ACER’s ongoing evaluation of the pathway.

This report captures further information on the effectiveness and efficiency of program delivery, including a consideration of changes made to the program for Cohort 2 and the experiences of stakeholders participating in the program for their second year. This report also provides a preliminary assessment of the evaluation’s key critical questions. A final assessment will be provided in the final report in early 2013.