Research Database

Vergara v. California “Increasing the Odds: How Good Policies Can Yield Better Teachers.” National Council on Teacher Quality (October 2004).

Teacher Hiring Process

Research and perspective on the effectiveness of certain traits (master’s degrees, experience, education courses, traditional certification, teacher’s race, subject area knowledge, teachers’ level of literacy, selectivity of college, and “soft attributes”) on teacher effectiveness. Among its findings: “Education courses taken before teaching have little impact on teacher effectiveness. Advanced degrees do not make teachers more effective. Shows that a few years of experience make a teacher more effective; after that it’s unclear. Matching a teacher’s race with a student’s race may be advisable—provided race does not override other important considerations. The teacher attributes that matter the most are the hardest to measure.”