"The New Zealand Initiative (NZI), a public policy think tank, has just published Teaching stars: Transforming the teaching profession. This is the third report in a series of three, tackling the issues raised in the first report,World Class Education? Why New Zealand must strengthen its teaching profession, and the second report, Around the world: The evolution of teaching as a profession. These reports investigate the main issues in international attempts to develop effective teaching, raise student achievement and foster a top-performing teaching profession. Key messages from these reports are:Make teaching a high status profession, with characteristics and reputation equivalent to top-ranking professions;Ensure selective and rigorous teacher education so that high performing students become teachers;Develop a career ladder for teachers which recognizes, rewards and retains talented and effective teachers; andFacilitate teacher professional development and collaboration to improve student learning outcomes by using top-performing teachers as educators and role models."