Seizing Opportunity at the Top: How the U.S. Can Reach Every Student With an Excellent Teacher
Children don’t just need a teacher—they need excellent teachers repeatedly, or achievement gaps will never close and other countries continue to surpass U.S. students, write Brian and Emily Hassel in a report for Public Impact. After graduation, children who had excellent teachers earn three times what children who had poor teachers do. Policy makers should first work to let administrators identify top teachers, then remove policy barriers that keep these excellent teachers from reaching more students for better pay. The report offers many options for finding and broadening the reach of the best teachers so children have uniformly better education outcomes.