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Thursday
Feb272014

Strong Instruction in Language Skills Helps to Improve Other Grades

Marijus Auruskevicius/Thinkstock(STANFORD, Calif.) -- If students are lucky enough to have a particularly good English teacher, it might not only help to boost their grade in that subject but other courses as well, including math.

Susanna Loeb, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education, and other researchers examined the records of 700,000 New York City third through eighth grade students over a seven-year period and discovered that youngsters performed better in math when they were also taught by good language arts instructors.

Interestingly, the reverse wasn’t nearly as impressive -- that is, students with exceptional math teachers only showed short-term improvement on grades in English courses.

Ben Master, a Stanford doctoral student in education who also worked on the study, remarked, “Great teachers are ultimately those with both short- and long-term effects on student achievement.”

Therefore, the researchers said that schools need to put more emphasis on a teacher’s long-term value to students rather than judging them solely on short-term test scores.

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