The quality of a child’s teacher is the most important school-based factor determining how much that child learns. This Policy Brief reviews the convincing evidence that students taught by effective teachers perform dramatically better than those with ineffective teachers. Poor and minority students are less likely than their more advantaged counterparts to have fully licensed, highly qualified teachers. Yet one study found that poor and minority students that have an effective teacher four years in a row can achieve at the same levels as their more affluent Caucasian peers.
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