Increasing the Effectiveness of Teachers in Low-Performing Schools

Authored by: Donald Boyd , Hamilton Lankford , James Wyckoff

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy

Print publication date:  November  2007
Online publication date:  August  2012

Print ISBN: 9780805861440
eBook ISBN: 9780203961063
Adobe ISBN: 9781135863890

10.4324/9780203961063.ch30

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Abstract

Low-income African-American and Latino students often enter elementary school with fewer academic skills and less ready to learn than wealthier, white students. Research shows that achievement gaps often either remain constant or increase as students progress through the education system, 1 and that education policies contribute to this outcome. In particular, the least qualified teachers often work in schools with the lowest performing students. Because teachers can make an important difference in student achievement, improving the quality of teachers in schools with low-performing students may well be the single best opportunity to reduce racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.

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