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ERIC Number: ED508877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-23
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
The Impact of Teacher Unions on Student Learning
Fenster, Mark J.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Georgia Educational Research Association (Savannah, GA, Oct 23, 2009)
The overall impact of unions and collective bargaining agreements on student achievement has produced a literature with decidedly mixed results. Unions are seen to have both positive and negative influences on a teachers' ability to perform the teaching act. This study researches the impact of unions on state level student achievement, controlling for socio-economic differences among states. We find that students perform significantly worse on the mathematics component of the NAEP [National Assessment of Educational Progress] assessment (since passage of NCLB [No Child Left Behind]) in states that permit collective bargaining, and worse in reading compared to states where collective bargaining is illegal. The negative impact of teachers' unions on student achievement was consistent over all years studied. States that don't permit teacher unions give their students a competitive advantage in the learning process. (Contains 17 tables and 4 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress