Having consistently good teachers in elementary school appears to be as important for student achievement as small class sizes, a Michigan State University education scholar has indicated.
The study by Spyros Konstantopoulos found that, starting in kindergarten, teachers can significantly affect students' reading and math scores in later grades.
"The findings suggest teacher effects do not fade, but remain strong predictors of student achievement," said Konstantopoulos, associate professor of education.
The study highlights the importance of identifying and hiring effective teachers in the early grades and implementing interventions such as professional development to improve teacher effectiveness, Konstantopoulos said.
The study appeared in the research journal Teachers College Record.