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ERIC Number: ED543518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Access to High Quality Teachers for All Students. Information Brief
Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
One of the most important factors in a high quality education is the knowledge, experience, and capability of the classroom teacher. There is strong evidence that having a high-quality teacher affects learning and is an important factor in explaining student test score gains (Clotfelter, Ladd, & Vigdor, 2007; Darling-Hammond, 2000; Darling-Hammond & Youngs, 2002; King Rice, 2003; Loeb, 2000; Wayne & Youngs, 2003). One widely cited study by economist Eric Hanushek (1992) suggests that the estimated difference in annual achievement growth between having a good and bad teacher can be more than one grade-level equivalent in test performance (p. 107). Since the impact of teacher quality on student achievement is larger than effects from other education interventions, improving minority and low-income children's access to skilled teachers could substantially reduce the achievement gap over the long-run. If the achievement of low-income and minority students is to improve, increasing access to high-quality teachers is imperative. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) includes provisions that highlight the inequities in the distribution of teachers. These provisions require states and districts to develop plans to insure that minority and low-income children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified, or out-of-field teachers.
Mid-Atlantic Equity Center. George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education 1555 Wilson Boulevard Suite 515, Arlington, VA 22209. Tel: 800.925.3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Mid-Atlantic Equity Center
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001