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ERIC Number: ED529180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 42
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Teacher Quality and Teacher Mobility. Working Paper 57
Feng, Li; Sass, Tim
National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research
Using matched student-teacher panel data from the state of Florida, the authors study the determinants of teacher job change and the impact of such mobility on the distribution of teacher quality. The probability a teacher stays at a school increases the more productive they are in their current school. The quality of teachers who exit teaching tends to be bimodal; high and low-quality teachers are more likely to leave than those in the middle of the distribution. In contrast, the relationship between teacher productivity and inter-school mobility is relatively weak. In addition to own quality, peer characteristics play a significant role in teachers' job decisions. In particular, teachers who rank above their faculty colleagues are more likely to transfer to a new school within a district and exit teaching. Additionally, as the share of peer teachers with more experience, advanced degrees or professional certification increase, the likelihood of moving within district decreases. We also find evidence of assortative matching among teachers. The most effective teachers who transfer tend to go to schools whose faculties are in the top quartile of teacher quality. As a result, teacher mobility exacerbates differences in teacher quality across schools. (Contains 7 tables, 2 figures and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute, National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)
Identifiers - Location: Florida