ERIC Number: ED451315
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-10
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Teacher Certification on Reading and Mathematics Performance in Elementary and Middle Schools in New York City. Flash Research Report #2.
New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn. Div. of Assessment and Accountability.
This study explored the relationship between an increase in the percentage of certified teachers and gains in performance on reading and mathematics achievement tests among New York City Schools Under Registration Review (SURR) elementary and middle schools. It examined whether the percentage of certified teachers related to student outcomes systemwide. Multiple regression analysis was used to examine the amount of variance in student achievement explained by teacher certification rate over and above the amount of variance explained by student demographic characteristics. Student demographics included percentage of students receiving free lunch, identified as English language learners, and receiving special education services. Teacher certification rate was defined as the percentage of certified teachers in the school during the 1999-00 school year. Data analysis indicated that teacher certification related to student outcomes. At the school level, higher percentages of certified teachers positively related to the percentage of students showing high achievement in reading and mathematics and inversely related to the percentage showing low achievement. Student demographics significantly explained variation among schools for achievement in reading and mathematics, though teacher certification rates contributed additional explanatory power that was also statistically significant. (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, English (Second Language), Mathematics Achievement, Middle Schools, Poverty, Reading Achievement, Special Education, Student Characteristics, Teacher Certification, Urban Schools
New York City Board of Education, Division of Assessment and Accountability, 110 Livingston Street, Room 728, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Web site: http://www.nycenet.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn. Div. of Assessment and Accountability.