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Teacher Intelligence

The relationship between teacher characteristics and student achievement is an important focus of educational research and policy making. The 1966 report Equality of Educational Opportunity, better known as the Coleman Report, was one of the first attempts to parse out the causes and consequences of achievement disparities among student groups. Although controversy over the methods used in the report exists, the report documented an important pattern: Teachers’ verbal aptitude, or verbal intelligence, was strongly correlated with student achievement. The authors of the report measured teachers’ verbal aptitude with a short assessment at the end of a survey, and teachers’ results were highly correlated with the academic performance of their students. Since publication of the report, researchers, policymakers, and district officials have tried to measure teacher ...

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