Students do markedly better when their teachers have received training in how children learn and in ways to make material accessible to a wide range of pupils.
Based on a study of more than 4,000 teachers and their 130,000 students in Houston, “those who have completed the training that leads to certification are more effective than those who have not,” concluded Linda Darling-Hammond, professor in Stanford’s School of Education who presented the research Friday in Montreal at a meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
I’ll be interested to see the reaction to the study by advocates of alternate paths to teaching.
Update: Chris Correa is at AERA blogging “the new teacher education.”
Jenny D isn’t there, but posts the schedule of the “mother of all education conferences.”
Michael Lopez sees certification as a proxy for commitment to a teaching career.