Last month, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a policy brief focused on Teacher Equity Gaps in MA. We know that a teachers' efficacy impacts student learning, but by how much? And what does this mean for student assignment for specific subgroups? The policy brief provides a look at the research from across the state, as well as how effective teachers were identified in the study, and further begins to answer some of these questions. Some of the key findings from the study are highlighted below:
- Three-quarters of the teacher equity gap for low income students is explained by the fact that low income students are disproportionately enrolled in districts with lower average teacher effectiveness.
- Low income students in Massachusetts are 31% more likely to be assigned teachers with less than 3 years of experience.
- Compared to the average MA teacher, the teacher in the 75th percentile teacher improves the achievement of their students by 13-15 weeks of learning.