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Teacher effectiveness plays role in student achievement

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English teacher Jude Waterman explains the American Literature textbook to junior Carol Vo and Michelle Huynh (left to right).

English teacher Jude Waterman explains the American Literature textbook to junior Carol Vo and Michelle Huynh (left to right).

By Eileen Wang

By Eileen Wang

English teacher Jude Waterman explains the American Literature textbook to junior Carol Vo and Michelle Huynh (left to right).

Eileen Wang, reporter

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“Research using student scores on standardized tests confirms the common perception that some teachers are more effective than others and also reveals that being taught by an effective teacher has important consequences for student achievement.”

RAND Education Corporation

“[Being effective] means to help student learn from school and enjoy the class with teachers,” junior Sidney He said.

According to He, junior English teacher Jude Waterman is an example of an effec- tive teacher. She said he always makes the student enjoy and participate in class.

“Students love him so much because his class is a free class and we can share whatever we want him to know. Also, he won’t give too much homework,” He said. In last year’s School Quality Survey, the McKinley High School community gave

a five (with seven being completely agree) for the statement: “I am satisfied with the quality of teaching most of my teachers provide at school.”

“[Good teachers] have good relationships with students and care about them. Also they need to know their content,” math teacher Jennifer Nakamoto said.

According to RAND, teacher effectiveness matters the most among school-related factors. According to their website,“A teacher is estimated to have two or three times the impact of any other school factor, including the student government service and the school leadership system.”

Lance Fukuhara, a junior math teacher, is another teacher that He considers effec- tive.

“He always shared some other knowledge besides the class, like the experiences he got from the society and the experiences of learning. That’s nice and useful to me,” He said.

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