An October 24, 2011 article titled “Study: Student Progress Can Be Tied To Teacher Education” reveals that students’ test scores can be related to the vigor of the training that their teachers received. This makes sense: one would expect that more selective universities would produce more qualified and successful teachers, leading in turn to higher test scores for students.
Just how important is the university from where your student’s teacher graduated? Although research is in its infancy, it appears that the difference between the best and worst teacher training programs is equivalent to a 5 to 10 student difference in class size.
In other words, a teacher from a top university can raise a student’s score by the same amount as reducing the class size by 5 to 10 students would raise the same scores! This is significant.
What does this mean for the future of education? More federal dollars will be allocated to continued research into what specifically it is about the top rated universities that keeps them producing more successful teachers. If that can be nailed down, then teacher training programs everywhere can mimic the more successful programs.
In the meantime, it might just be worth your time, when seeking a tutor for your student, to ask about that teacher’s education and experience!