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Teacher Effects and the Achievement Gap: Do Teacher and Teaching Quality Influence the Achievement Gap Between Black and White and High- and Low-SES Students in the Early Grades?
In this study, the authors explore the extent to which specific aspects of teacher quality and teaching quality influence mathematics achievement growth and the achievement gap between White and Black students and low- and high-SES students in kindergarten and first grade. The authors found that lower achieving students are initially assigned to teachers who emphasize basic instruction. Furthermore, the authors found that higher achieving students are assigned teachers who emphasize more advanced instruction.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2010