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ERIC Number: ED536325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Quality: What You Need to Know
Joyce Foundation
Once kids walk in the school door, the most important factor for how well they learn is the quality of their teachers. Having good teachers is important for all kids. But it's especially important for kids who are falling behind. Research shows that students who are taught by a really good teacher can make as much as a year and a half's worth of progress in a single year. They start to close the achievement gap. They catch up to where they should be. Some school districts are working on how to find and reward the best teachers. Others are seeking better ways to evaluate teachers and help them improve performance. At the Joyce Foundation, people supported some of these innovative ideas and have funded research to evaluate the results. This report summarizes the results of that research and practice on how to improve teacher supply, distribution and evaluation systems--what's called "human capital management" in education. Those studies have identified what strategies work best. But they also tell that no single strategy is enough. A comprehensive approach that incorporates all the policy changes described in this guidebook is needed.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Joyce Foundation