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Document Number: 6009

Teachers Matter: Evidence from Value-Added Assessments - This research brief summarizes how value-added measurement has proven that very good teaching can enhance student learning; that family background does not determine a studentís destiny; and that decisions made about teacher hiring, placement, and training make a difference for academic achievement. The report argues that effective policymaking needs to focus on improving teacher practices, not just measuring how teachers compare to other teachers, and includes a list of what policymakers should do to reach this aim. (Research Points, American Educational Research Association, Summer 2004)...

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