Teacher preparation in Finland, Japan, Shanghai, and Hong Kong builds deep understanding of the content being taught in elementary schools, as well as of how young students learn and understand that content—two essential components of highly effective teaching--and this is a key element of high student performance, according to a new report.

The National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) Center on International Education Benchmarking's (CIEB) new report, Not So Elementary: Primary School Teacher Quality in Top-Performing Systems, gives new insights into this critical driver of the success of the world's top-performing education systems—developing elementary teachers with deep...

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