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Goldhaber, Dan; Anthony, Emily – 2003
Recent research suggests that teacher quality is the most important educational input predicting student achievement. Nonetheless, many teachers are less academically skilled than college graduates in other occupations. This study explores characteristics of highly qualified teachers and the connections that exist between these attributes and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Methodology, Teacher Certification
Goldhaber, Dan; Anthony, Emily – 2003
This digest examines research on indicators of teacher quality. While research on the value of a teacher's advanced degree is mixed, all studies suggest that teachers with degrees in subjects different from the subjects they teach have little impact on students. There is no strong consensus about the value of pedagogical preparation for teachers,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
Goldhaber, Dan – 2001
The question of whether school choice improves student outcomes persists. This digest explores issues surrounding school choice, highlighting major research findings. Overall, the ultimate impact of choice depends on how parents and schools respond to more schooling options and greater competition. Research indicates that greater parental…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Competition, Educational Change, Educational Improvement