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Kindergarten teachers matter, and its not just about test scores

July 28, 2010

A new study suggests Kindergarten teachers may be even more important than previously thought.

Using a study of 12,000 Tennessee students, economists found those who made big test score gains during their first year of elementary school were more likely to go to college and tended to earn higher salaries than their peers by age 30.

The original study found that the individual teacher in the classroom was the biggest factor in student test score gains. Smaller class sizes also helped.

Test score gains from the Kindergarten group tended to disappear by middle school and high school, but the new study suggests that the impact of those early successes may re-emerge in adulthood.

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