Sunday, March 13, 2011

Certified Teachers and Best Practices Are More Prevalent in Public School Math Education

‎"Overall, this study provides strong, nationally representative evidence that teacher certification and some reform-oriented instructional practices both correlate positively with achievement and are more prevalent in public schools than in their demographically similar private counterparts.

...The findings regarding teacher certification have significant implications for current debates on school reform. Even with the rough certification measure employed in this study, the relative lack of certified teachers in private schools explained a portion of their deficit in student achievement. These findings raise questions about alternative certification paths, particularly those designed to circumvent the core content and experiences offered in existing programs.

...Overall, this study suggests that institutional-level reforms such as school choice and deregulation—based on assumptions regarding the superiority of private-style structural models—might not produce the benefits that some reformers have anticipated."