Association of Texas Professional Educators

2010 Study on the Distribution of Teacher Quality in Texas Schools

ATPE contracted with Dr. Ed Fuller, a noted researcher who has worked with education organizations across the state and nation, to examine the distribution of teacher quality throughout Texas and how it relates to student achievement. This study had three purposes:

  • To document the distribution of teacher quality across schools using more than just the percentage of highly qualified teachers and classrooms.
  • To explore different strategies for creating a composite measure of teacher quality.
  • To establish a statistically significant relationship between composite measures of teacher quality and student achievement.

This study used several indices based on different measures of teacher quality. Each Teacher Quality Index (TQI) provides a single measure of teacher quality based on a larger number of teacher quality measures, such as teacher experience, certification status, academic ability and even stability at a school. Although there is ongoing debate about whether objective measures of teacher quality (such as experience, certification status, quality of the preparation and teacher stability) accurately identify teacher effectiveness in improving student achievement, recent research has found statistically significant relationships between these objective measures of quality and gains in student achievement. Importantly, this study focuses on those measures found in previous research to be associated with improvements in student achievement.

This study explains how the TQI were developed, presents major findings from the data collected and suggests policy recommendations targeted to policymakers in the governor’s office, the Legislature, the State Board of Education, the State Board for Educator Certification, the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

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If you have questions or comments regarding the study, please contact ATPE Public Relations Director Larry Comer at