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ERIC Number: ED537898
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Experience: What Does the Research Say?
Experience makes a difference--especially at the beginning of a teacher's career. On average, teachers with some experience are more effective than brand new teachers. Teachers improve the most early in their careers. One study found that "close to half of the teacher achievement returns to experience arise during the first few years of teaching." However, most teachers reach their peak after about five years in the classroom. Teachers gradually reach a plateau after 3-5 years on the job. As one study put it, "there is little evidence that improvement continues after the first three years." Another found that, on average, teachers with 20 years of experience are not much more effective than those with 5 years of experience. Teacher performance varies at all levels of experience. Individual teachers tend to improve with experience, but not all teachers begin their careers with the same skills or rise to the same level. The fact that a fifth-year teacher is more effective than she was in her first year doesn't mean she's more effective than all first-year teachers. The bottom line is experience helps, but it doesn't tell the full story--and it doesn't guarantee excellence. As one study of more than a half-million students concluded, "experience is not significantly related to achievement following the initial years in the profession." (Contains 14 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: TNTP