TALIS - The OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey


Mending the Education Divide

Getting Strong Teachers to the Schools That Need Them Most

Teachers can shape their students' educational careers. Research shows that children taught by different teachers often experience very different educational outcomes. This begs the questions: how are teachers assigned to schools in different countries? And to what extent do students from different backgrounds have access to good teachers? Building on literature identifying the characteristics and practices of teaching that boost student achievement, this report shows how teachers with different characteristics and practices tend to concentrate in different schools, and how much access students with different socio-economic backgrounds have to good teachers. It points out the aspects of different educational systems that influence how teachers are allocated to schools. The report also discusses the consequences that inequitable teacher allocation systems have on students’ educational outcomes.

Published on March 14, 2022Also available in: French

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Reader’s guide
Executive summary
Overview: What TALIS insights about teacher allocation imply for policy
Do students have equitable access to effective teachers and learning environments?
Do students have equitable access to digital learning in school?
Teacher allocation and learning divides
Annexes3 chapters available
Technical notes on TALIS 2018
Technical notes on analyses in this report
List of tables available on line
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