Teacher expertise in subject matter has a big influence on students’ postsecondary success, according to a new report.

A University of Missouri researcher found that high school students who are taught by teachers who majored or minored in a specific teaching subject, instead of a general teaching degree, are more likely to graduate from college.

Researcher Se Woong Lee, an assistant professor in the university’s College of Education, says schools can use this research on teacher expertise to build a pipeline of highly-qualified teachers and focus on student success.

Through an analysis of a longitudinal data set collected from more than 6,000 students...

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