ERIC Number: ED491196
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Lifting Teacher Performance. Policy Report
Leigh, Andrew; Mead, Sara
Progressive Policy Institute
Research increasingly demonstrates what common sense has long made apparent to educators and parents: Teacher quality matters--a lot. Teachers' knowledge and skills are the most vital in-school factors influencing children's learning. And, for children from disadvantaged backgrounds or troubled home environments, quality teaching is even more important. This paper analyzes promising new research about teacher quality and the incentives for teachers to do better. The authors assess current teacher quality approaches and offer recommendations to help policymakers modernize how teachers are prepared, hired, evaluated, and compensated. (Contains 3 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Incentives, Educational Policy, Teacher Recruitment, Disadvantaged, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Salaries, Educational Improvement, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Inst., Washington, DC.