Study: Evaluating the effects of great teachers

Great teachers create great value, in more ways than one, says a new study. 

A recent study found that students whose teachers helped them raise their test scores were positively affected long-term by having had good teachers—and even beyond academics.

The study is also the largest look yet at the controversial “value-added ratings,” which measure the impact individual teachers have on student test scores. Study results indicated that test score impacts are helpful in identifying good teachers.  

The paper, by economists Raj Chetty and John N. Friedman of Harvard and Jonah E. Rockoff of Columbia, examines a larger number of students over a longer period of time with more in-depth data than many earlier studies, allowing for a deeper look at how much the quality of individual teachers matters over the long term.

The reported benefits include students being more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, live in better neighborhoods, and save more for retirement. They are also less likely to have children as teenagers. The study followed 2.5 million students over a period of 20 years. 

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