Studies continue to show that teachers' knowledge about the subjects they teach are excellent predictors of student performance. The absence of teachers with at least a minor in the subject matter being taught is correlated with comparatively poor performance on tests such as the NAEP, and the presence of teachers with at least a major in their subject area were predictive of higher student achievement scores in math and science.

School and district leaders can benefit from understanding the education level of their teaching staff.

Teacher Education Metrics