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Increasing the Odds: How Good Policies Can Yield Better Teachers

Abstract

This paper from the National Council on Teacher Quality briefly summarizes the research about attributes of effective teachers. Teacher qualifications discussed include experience, certification, education courses taken, highest degree held, teacher's race as compared to that of students, subject area knowledge, literacy level, selectivity of college attended, as well as "soft attributes". The authors contend that some of these matter very little and others are more important indicators of a teacher's effectiveness. These findings may prove useful for informing district and state hiring policies.

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