Does teacher pay affect student performance?

11/9/2009 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Despite having one of the largest salary gaps among teachers nationwide, there is little difference in achievement among Illinois schools with the highest- and lowest-paid teachers, according to the 2009 Illinois School Report Card. However, researchers say, the relationship between educator pay and student performance is still unclear. Teacher quality and parental background continue to be the biggest indicators of student performance, said a senior policy analyst with the Education Commission of the States.

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