Teacher Quality

Teacher Quality focuses on the need to recruit and retain effective teachers while supporting and enhancing the knowledge and skills of current staff with job-embedded professional learning. Over two decades of research has demonstrated a clear connection between teacher quality and increased student performance Research shows that low-income students are more likely to benefit from instruction by a highly effective teacher than are their more advantaged peers (Nye, Konstantoupoulos, & Hedges, 2004). Students enrolled in successive classes taught by effective teachers show greater gains in student performance than student groups taught by less effective teachers (Sanders & Rivers, 1996). LEAs and campuses can have a direct impact on student achievement through the effective implementation of a comprehensive teacher quality program.