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Back to resultsMore like this AbstractTranslateFull TextTranslateTurn on search term navigationHide highlightingSummarySummaryHelen Ladd takes a comparative look at policies that the world's industrialized countries are using to assure asupply of high-quality teachersteachers. Her survey puts U.S. educational policies and practices into internationalperspective.Ladd begins by examining teacherteacher salariessalaries--an obvious, but costly, policy tool. She finds, perhapssurprisingly, that students in countries with high teacherteacher salariessalaries do not in general perform better oninternational tests than those in countries with lowerlower salariessalaries. Ladd does find, however, that the share ofMoreMoreSummarySummaryHelen Ladd takes a comparative look at policies that the world's industrialized countries are using to assure asupply of high-quality teachersteachers. Her survey puts U.S. educational policies and practices into internationalperspective.Ladd begins by examining teacherteacher salariessalaries--an obvious, but costly, policy tool. She finds, perhapssurprisingly, that students in countries with high teacherteacher salariessalaries do not in general perform better oninternational tests than those in countries with lowerlower salariessalaries. Ladd does find, however, that the share ofunderqualified teachersteachers in a country is closely related to salarysalary. In high-salarysalary countries like Germany,Japan, and Korea, for example, only 4 percent of teachersteachers are underqualified, as against more than 10percent in the United States, where teacherteacher salariessalaries, Ladd notes, are lowlow relative to those in otherindustrialized countries.1+Teacher Labor Markets in Developed CountriesLadd, Helen F.The Future of ChildrenThe Future of Children; Princeton; Princeton Vol. 17, Iss. 1, (Spring2007).DOI:10.1353/foc.2007.0006Full textFull text - PDFAbstract/Details
TeacherTeacher shortages also appear to stem from policies that make salariessalaries uniform across academic subjectareas and across geographic regions. Shortages are especially common in math and science, in large cities,and in rural areas. Among the policy strategies proposed to deal with such shortages is to pay teachersteachersdifferent salariessalaries according to their subject area. Many countries are also experimenting with financialincentive packages, including bonuses and loans, for teachersteachers in specific subjects or geographic areas.Ladd notes that many developed countries are trying to attract teachersteachers by providing alternative routes intoteaching, often through special programs in traditional teacherteacher training institutions and through adulteducation or distance learning programs. To reduce attrition among new teachersteachers, many developedcountries have also been using formal induction or mentoring programs as a way to improve new teachersteachers'chances of success.

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