Virtually everybody interested in improving the performance of schools concentrates on the importance of teacher quality. Yet policy recommendations related to teacher quality frequently do not incorporate existing evidence about performance. This paper reviews the various strands of research related to teacher quality including: the role of aggregate salaries, the supply of teachers with different characteristics, the relationship between teacher characteristics and student achievement, and direct estimates of the value-added of teachers. This evidence is then related to current policy initiatives as generally bounded by recommendations to tighten up on teacher qualifications and recommendations to loosen up on entry with stronger subsequent incentives. - by Eric A. Hanushek and Steven G. Rivkin
Here's an article regarding the difference that quality of teaching makes http://hanushek.stanford.edu/publications/high-stakes-research
The cost of education continues to be the largest portion of our federal budget and it will not be a part of any managed care system. The Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training course raises the level of competency of teaching staff who work with children in the classroom and helps to generalize those results over to the family at home.
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