Teacher Quality

Teacher Quality

Editors: Lance T. Izumi, Williamson M. Evers
ISBN: 978-0-8179-2932-9
Publication Date: 9/26/2002
Pages: 96

The essential question of education policy is neither complex nor vague. In fact, it is quite simple: What works? This collection of research by the Pacific Research Institute and the Hoover Institution will do much to help schools—and parents—answer this question. The contributors, some of the brightest minds in education research, have studied the most pressing questions about teacher quality and practices. They have reviewed thousands of education studies, closely examined state test scores, and explored education theories of the past thirty years in order to assess where we are—and where we ought to be.

They identify various problems in areas of teacher quality and what must be done comprehensively to improve teachers' approaches and strategies. In many cases, the authors' findings confirm common sense: nothing is as important to learning as the quality of a student's teacher. Conventional wisdom holds, for example, that teacher training and certification lead to improved student test scores, but the authors find this belief to be mistaken.

Overall, the chapters provide the reader with a portrait of a good teacher and good teaching methods and encourage districts to set high standards for teachers, to develop strong accountability systems for measuring performance, to reward those who perform and frown on those who do not. The contributors affirm that we know what works. It is time to turn our attention to forming policies that reflect what we know to ensure that the system provides the best possible education for kids.

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Lance T. Izumi

Lance T. Izumi is a senior fellow in California Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy and director of tis Center for School Reform.




Williamson M. Evers

Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, specializes in research on education policy especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school. Evers was the U.S. assistant secretary of education for planning, evaluation, and policy development from 2007 to 2009. He was a senior adviser to U.S. secretary of education Margaret Spellings during 2007. From July to December 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority.continued




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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Foreword
John Raisian and Sally C. Pipes
vii

Preface: What Works in Teaching
William J. Bennett
ix

Introduction
Lance T. Izumi and Williamson M. Evers
xiii

Teacher Quality
Eric A. Hanushek
1

Teacher Quality and Equity in Educational Opportunity: Findings and Policy Implications
June C. Rivers and William L. Sanders
13

Teacher Quality Accountability Systems: The View from Pennsylvania
Eugene W. Hickok
25

Teacher Training and Pedagogical Methods
J. E. Stone
33

Teaching Methods
Herbert J. Walberg
55

APPENDIX: CONFERENCE AGENDA
73

EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
75

INDEX
79



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