GSE Faculty Research

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

September 2007


Few education issues have received more attention in recent times than the problem of ensuring that all elementary and secondary classrooms are staffed with high-quality teachers. This concern with teacher quality is not surprising. Mandatory elementary and secondary schooling in the United States places children in the care of teachers for a significant portion of their lives. The quality of teachers and teaching is undoubtedly an important factor in shaping students' growth and learning.


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Reprinted from Educational Leadership, Volume 65, Issue 1, September 2007, pages 20-25.

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Date Posted: 22 October 2007