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ERIC Number: ED521467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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How Teacher Turnover Harms Student Achievement. NBER Working Paper No. 17176
Ronfeldt, Matthew; Lankford, Hamilton; Loeb, Susanna; Wyckoff, James
National Bureau of Economic Research
Researchers and policymakers often assume that teacher turnover harms student achievement, but recent evidence calls into question this assumption. Using a unique identification strategy that employs grade-level turnover and two classes of fixed-effects models, this study estimates the effects of teacher turnover on over 600,000 New York City 4th and 5th grade student observations over 5 years. The results indicate that students in grade-levels with higher turnover score lower in both ELA and math and that this effect is particularly strong in schools with more low-performing and black students. Moreover, the results suggest that there is a disruptive effect of turnover beyond changing the composition in teacher quality.
National Bureau of Economic Research. 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398. Tel: 617-588-0343; Web site: http://www.nber.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: New York