Study: Top teachers have a long-term effect on students

The ability of classroom teachers to raise standardized test scores of their students is tied to students' long-term success, according to a recent study. Researchers found that elementary- and middle-school students taught by high-quality teachers more likely were to go to college and earn higher salaries than their peers. The study, conducted over 20 years, defined top teachers as those who raised students' scores on standardized tests -- adding to the ongoing debate over value-added scores.

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