Can low skill teachers make good students?

Periodical
Journal of Policy Modeling
Volume
37
Year
2015
Issue number
2
Page range
308-323
Relates to study/studies
PIAAC

Can low skill teachers make good students?

Empirical evidence from PIAAC and PISA

Abstract

Using teachers’ skills from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) and students’ performance from the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) we exploit a multilevel model to investigate how much of the variation in student performance can be explained by teacher quality at the country level across a number of OECD countries. Results show how teachers’ skills seem to have positive effects on student achievement and explain part of the variation between countries in students’ achievement. National policies and efforts made from Education departments to improve teacher quality seem crucial to achieve both overall excellence and greater equity across countries.