is the High-Quality Teaching (HQT) Study?
The HQT Study is a four-year study of teaching quality
that focuses on what teachers do to help struggling 4th and 5th grade students
succeed in reading and mathematics, as well as how various education policies
and organizational factors influence the ability of teachers to scale up
and sustain effective pedagogy over time.
What are the basic research questions?
- What do highly successful 4th and 5th grade teachers
do to help students acquire foundational skills in mathematics and reading?
- What do highly successful teachers do to help close
the achievement gap between high- and low-performing students in these
- How do successful teachers change their pedagogical
practices to respond to new educational challenges and priorities?
- How do various education policies and organizational
factors influence the quality of teaching that occurs in 4th and 5th grade
- What are the attributes of high-quality teaching
as identified through collegial nominations, classroom observations, and
How are the schools selected?
Analysis of student achievement data.
Local identification of promising programs and practices.
What is expected of schools and teachers?
Permit 6-8 observations per year.
Discuss classroom planning and decision-making with
Keep a daily checklist of content coverage.
Help research team access data.
Discuss school policies and procedures with research
What are the incentives to participate?
Annual stipend for participating schools.
Individual compensation for out-of-school time.
Individual support to facilitate data collection.
(e.g. hand-held PDA's)
Opportunity to participate in a study of national