Closing the Talent Gap

McKinsey draws on its experience of working with school systems in more than 50 countries to produce a report that examines the practice of the top-performing school systems in the world and examines how these countries make recruiting the “top third+” students of their academic cohort a priority, and in return, develop some of the most effective teachers. McKinsey then conducted marketresearch among teachers and the “top-third” college students in the United States to come to an understanding of what it would take to attract and retain this talent in a cost-effective manner, and what changes in the U.S. education system would maximize the success of their strategy. Finally, the paper offers ideas on how to best begin down this path.