Why Teacher Experience Matters
This study from Helen Ladd and Lucy Sorensen used data from the North Carolina Education Research Data Center and looked at middle school teachers and student outcomes. They found that teacher experience improved student test scores and behavior, with the clearest effect on behavior emerging for reductions in student absenteeism.
The research, published in the journal Education Finance and Policy, contributes to the argument that teachers can and do learn on the job and they continue to improve long into their teaching careers.
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