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The lasting impacts of good primary school teachers

Your child’s primary school teacher can have a much bigger impact on them than you might realize—the quality of their teaching can impact everything from your child’s college attendance rate to their savings rate, reported the Wall Street Journal recently.

Researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that students with high “value-added” teachers—i.e., teachers who had large impacts on their students’ test scores—in grades 4–8 were “more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, live in higher socioeconomic status neighborhoods and have higher savings rates.” The same students were also less likely to become parents as teenagers. In addition, when low “value-added” teachers were replaced by average teachers, student lifetime earnings increased by about $250,000 per classroom.

The entire article is published on the Wall Street Journal website.

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