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ERIC Number: ED537141
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 53
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
The Gateway to the Profession: Assessing Teacher Preparation Programs Based on Student Achievement. CEDR Working Paper No. 2011-2.0
Goldhaber, Dan; Liddle, Stephanie
Center for Education Data & Research
With teacher quality repeatedly cited as the most important "schooling" factor influencing student achievement, there has been increased interest in examining the efficacy of teacher training programs. This paper presents research examining the variation between and impact that individual teacher training institutions in Washington State have on the effectiveness of teachers they train. Using administrative data linking teachers' initial endorsements to student achievement on state reading and math tests, we find the majority of teacher training programs produce teachers who are no more or less effective than teachers who trained out-of-state. However, we do find a number of cases where there are statistically significant differences between estimates of training program effects for teachers who were credentialed at various instate programs. These findings are robust to a variety of different model specifications. (Contains 2 figures, 10 tables, and 71 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Data & Research (CEDR)
Identifiers - Location: Washington