Contextual data collected in connection with the National Assessment of Educational Progress show that, in every year since 2005, students whose teachers hold master’s degrees have scored higher on the NAEP math and reading exams than those whose teachers have only bachelor’s degrees. The below charts show the comparative average scores in reading.
*Significantly different from bachelor’s degree
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, various years, 2005-2011 reading assessments.
A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 2012 edition of Teacher PD Sourcebook