Do Teachers With Master's Degrees Lead to Higher Student Achievement?

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States eager to increase teacher effectiveness should rethink policies that provide automatic salary increases for teachers who earn master's degrees in education. A 2007 study examining a decade of student and teacher-linked data in North Carolina found that such credentials did not translate into higher student achievement. In fact, among teachers who had earned a master's degree in education, the math achievement of their students actually declined.

States and school districts spend enormous sums of money on tuition reimbursements and salary bumps to teachers earning master's degrees in education. In some states, the total expenditures can run as high as $319 per pupil. Want to know how much your state spends educating teachers instead of students?

Read Schools in Crisis: Making Ends Meet for an analysis of state spending on master's degrees.