Teacher Training:

Status and Participants' Views of Delta Teachers Academy

RCED-95-208: Published: Jun 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Delta Teachers Academy program, focusing on Academy: (1) activities and expenditures; and (2) participants' views on program effectiveness.

GAO found that: (1) the Department of Agriculture's funding for the Delta Teachers Academy has nearly doubled to almost $4 million in fiscal year 1995; (2) the Academy expects to increase the number of teacher training days from about 5,000 for 371 teachers in 1994 to 12,000 days for 665 teachers in 1995; (3) teachers participating in the Academy program generally view it as positive and effective in increasing the understanding of academic subjects and providing new teaching skills; and (4) the National Faculty has not yet evaluated the impact of the Academy on participants' teaching practices, but it is planning more comprehensive evaluations of the program's impact and effectiveness.

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