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Economics

2010

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Searching For Effective Teachers With Imperfect Information, Douglas O. Staiger, Jonah E. Rockoff Jan 2010

Searching For Effective Teachers With Imperfect Information, Douglas O. Staiger, Jonah E. Rockoff

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Over the past four decades, empirical researchers -- many of them economists -- have accumulated an impressive amount of evidence on teachers. In this paper, we ask what the existing evidence implies for how school leaders might recruit, evaluate, and retain teachers. We begin by summarizing the evidence on five key points, referring to existing work and to evidence we have accumulated from our research with the nation's two largest school districts: Los Angeles and New York City. First, teachers display considerable heterogeneity in their effects on student achievement gains. Second, estimates of teacher effectiveness based on student achievement data are ...