Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Good Teachers Influence Other Teachers

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Good Teachers Influence Other Teachers

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Highly effective teachers can affect the work of other teachers--especially novice teachers--when they work together on teaching teams, and that can result in improved student achievement.

Researchers C. Kirabo Jackson and Elias Bruegmann found that student achievement increases when a "high-quality teacher" joins a grade-level team of teachers. When four teachers are teamed to teach one grade level of students, replacing one of those teachers with a more effective teacher had a spillover effect of .86% of a standard deviation on student test scores.

Jackson and Bruegmann analyzed 11 years of data on North Carolina students, focusing on math and reading test scores for students in 3rd through 5th grades. Most of the students had the same teachers for their core academic subjects. The study was published in the October issue of American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, a peer-reviewed journal.

The study has implications for the continuing conversations about performance pay. …

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