GSE Faculty Research

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

January 2004


Few educational issues have received more attention in recent times than the problem of ensuring that our nation's elementary and secondary classrooms are all staffed with quality teachers. Concern with the quality of teachers is neither unique nor surprising. Elementary and secondary schooling are mandatory in the United States, and children are legally placed into the custody of teachers for a significant portion of their lives. The quality of teachers and teaching are undoubtedly among the most important factors shaping the learning and growth of students. Moreover, the largest single component of the cost of education is teacher compensation.


Reprinted from Developing the Teacher Workforce, 103rd Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, edited by Mark A. Smylie and Debra Miretzky (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2004), pages 1-33.



Date Posted: 02 February 2007

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