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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Utah researchers received a one (M)million dollar grant to study teacher skills.
Nine Utah education researchers will use the money to investigate how teacher skills in reading and writing instruction affect the learning of their students.
The research team will examine the effectiveness of teachers education in college and professional development after college.
The researchers from Utah State University, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University are in charge of developing a test that will score teachers' knowledge and how well it is applied in first through third grades.
Rey Reutzel, the Utah State University professor in charge of the project says the study is vital because we're spending billions of dollars in this country having teachers take professional development courses, and if we can't reliably measure whether those have a reliable impact on teachers, and if the impact on teachers doesn't trickle down, that affects students.
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