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Education Working Paper
No. 6  September 2004


The Teachability Index:
Can Disadvantaged Students Learn?

Quit Blaming the Kids by Jay Greene and Greg Forster, National Review Online, 9-13-04
Speakout: Colorado students soaring over obstacles by Jay Greene and Greg Forster, Rocky Mountain News, 9-13-04
Connecticut’s schools are worse than they look Hartford Courant, by Jay Greene and Greg Forster, 9-9-04
Yardstick lifts school ranking Oklahoma City Oklahoman, by Jay Greene and Greg Forster, 9-8-04
Wasting Away New York Sun, by Jay P. Greene, 9-8-04
Another View of Arizona students by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Arizona Republic, 9-14-04

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SUMMARY:
Student “teachability”—the advantages and disadvantages that students bring to school—is often offered as an excuse for educational failure. Many claim that students are less teachable than they used to be, and that reforms cannot meaningfully improve student achievement due to problems like poverty and social dysfunction. This study measures student teachability by examining sixteen key social factors that affect learning.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Executive Summary

About the Authors

Acknowledgements

About Education Working Papers

Introduction

Method

Results

Conclusion

Endnotes

Appendix

Table 1: The Teachability Index

Figure 1a: The Teachability Index

Figure 1b: Component Indexes

Figure 1c: Teachability, Spending, and Achievement

Table 2: The Readiness Index

Figure 2: The Readiness Index

Table 3: The Economics Index

Figure 3: The Economics Index

Table 4: The Community Index

Figure 4: The Community Index

Table 5: The Health Index

Figure 5: The Health Index

Table 6: The Race Index

Figure 6: The Race Index

Table 7: The Family Index

Figure 7: The Family Index

Table 8: Teachability by State in 2001

Figure 8: Ranking of States by Teachability in 2001

Table 9: Validity of the Teachability Index

Table 10: The School Performance Index for 2001

Figure 10: Ranking of States by School Performance Index in 2001

Table 11: The Effect of School Choice and Accountability on School Performance

Table 12: The School Efficiency Index for 2001

Figure 12: Ranking of States by School Efficiency in 2001

Table 13: The Adjusted School Efficiency Index for 2001

Figure 13: Ranking of States by Adjusted School Efficiency in 2001

 


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