ERIC Number: ED466510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Does Teacher Training Affect Pupil Learning? Evidence from Matched Comparisons in Jerusalem Public Schools. NBER Working Paper Series.
Angrist, Joshua D.; Lavy, Victor
This paper estimates the effect of inservice teacher training on children's reading and mathematics achievement in Jerusalem elementary schools. The training was based on pedagogical methods developed in U.S. schools. The research used a matched-comparison design that exploited the fact that only a few schools received extra funds for training. Differences-in-differences, regression, and nonparametric matching estimates are reported. The results suggest that the training received by teachers in the non-religious branch of the Jerusalem school system led to an improvement in their students' test scores. The estimates for religious schools are not clear, but this may be because the training program in religious schools started later and was implemented on a smaller scale. The estimates for non-religious schools suggest that, at least in this case, teacher training provided a less costly means of increasing test scores than reducing class size or adding school hours. (Contains 33 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Israel (Jerusalem)