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Document Number: 5478

Can Teacher Quality Be Effectively Assessed? - The authors describe the results of the first large-scale study, based on a unique data set from North Carolina, assessing the relationship between the certification of teachers by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and elementary-level student achievement. Their findings indicate NBPTS is successfully identifying the more effective teachers among applicants, and NBPTS-certified teachers, prior to becoming certified, were more effective than their noncertified counterparts at increasing student achievement. The statistical significance and magnitude of the “NBPTS effect,” however, differs significantly by grade level and student type. A two-page research brief also is available. (Dan Goldhaber and Emily Anthony, Center on Reinventing Public Education, April 2004)...

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