Session S25d (Tuesday, 2pm, Thomas 104)

P544: Influence of teacher credentials on student success in high school science

Anna George, Diana Mason (University of North Texas, USA)

Teacher credentials and preparation programs have become areas of interest to policy makers and consumers. Standardized testing is one of the predominant measures of the quality of instruction provided to students. This study analyzes the relationship of Texas teacher credentials, impact of demographic descriptions of individual schools, and student performance on the Science Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), the state standardized exam in science. Data from the 2009-2010 school year includes credential and demographic information for 13,469 teachers in Texas. Results indicate that teacher quality, defined by credentials, and the demographic distribution of students enrolled in the schools are both positively and negatively correlated with overall student performance on the science TAKS. Specific course requirements at the University of North Texas for certification that provide significant contribution to the statistical model will be discussed.

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