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Do Smarter Teachers Make Smarter Students? International Evidence on Teacher Cognitive Skills and Student Performance

Eric A. Hanushek, Marc Piopiunik, Simon Wiederhold
Published Date: 
Spring 2019
Education Next
pp. 57-64

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT VARIES WIDELY across developed countries, but the source of these differences is not well understood. One obvious candidate, and a major focus of research and policy discussions both in the United States and abroad, is teacher quality. We look at whether differences in the cognitive skills of teachers can help explain differences in student performance across developed countries.