Future Of Improving Teacher Quality Questioned

In National Review’s (11/19, Salam) The Agenda, Reihan Salam comments on several articles that indicate a stronger teacher pool is here to stay. He first quotes from a report by Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch which shows that 2008 graduates who went into education “had higher average SAT scores than their peers who entered other occupations.” Salam then moves to Neerav Kingsland’s suggestion that “structural changes in the economy might lead to substantial increases in the quality of the teacher talent pool.” Salam then notes that more can still be done to draw top teaching talent, quoting a Jacob Vigdor analysis of teacher compensation which argued the best way to attract top teachers would be that “rapid early gains in effectiveness would be rewarded with substantial salary increases over the first few years on the job.”