Using the OECD-studies PIAAC and ALL, this paper shows that teachers on average have better literacy and numeracy skills than other respondents in almost all of the 15 countries in the samples. In most countries, teachers outperform others in the bottom percentiles, while in some countries they perform better than others throughout the skill distribution. These results imply that the scope to improve teachers’ skills varies between countries and that policy makers should take the shape of the skills distribution into account when designing interventions in order to most efficiently raise teachers’ skills.
What does the research say?
Wat zijn de belangrijkste conclusies?
- The literacy and numeracy skills of teachers are relatively high compared to the rest of the population.
- In most countries, teachers outperform others mainly in the lower part of the skills distribution.
- The distribution of teacher skills differs across countries.
Golsteyn, B. H., Vermeulen, S., & de Wolf, I. (2016). Teacher literacy and numeracy skills: International evidence from PIAAC and ALL. De Economist, 164(4), 365-389.