Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Move Effective Teachers into High-Poverty Schools

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Move Effective Teachers into High-Poverty Schools

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Are teachers in schools serving students from high-poverty backgrounds as effective as teachers in schools with more advantaged students? This question was central to a study completed recently by the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research.

Researchers learned that the average effectiveness of teachers in high-poverty schools is generally less than teachers in other schools--but only slightly, and not in all comparisons. They studied student data from 2000-01 to 2004-05 from Florida and North Carolina and compared the effectiveness of teachers in high-poverty elementary schools (schools in which more than 70% of the students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch) with that of teachers in lower poverty elementary schools.

"The best teachers in high-poverty schools are on a par with the best teachers in lower poverty schools, but the least effective teachers in high-poverty schools are much less effective than their counterparts in lower poverty schools," the authors concluded.

"Major improvements in student outcomes could be realized if schools were to identify the most successful teachers and deploy them in the settings where they could make the most difference," said the authors. …

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