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ERIC Number: ED537142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 50
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
The Gateway to the Profession: Assessing Teacher Preparation Programs Based on Student Achievement. CEDR Working Paper 2012-4
Goldhaber, Dan; Liddle, Stephanie; Theobald, Roddy
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 the results of research investigating the relationship between teachers who graduate from different training programs and student achievement on state reading and math tests. Using a novel methodology that allows teacher training effects to decay, we find that training institution indicators explain a statistically significant portion of the variation in student achievement in reading, but not in math. Moreover, there is evidence that graduates from some specific training programs are differentially effective at teaching reading than the average teacher trained out-of-state and that these differences are large enough to be educationally meaningful. (Contains 1 figure, 10 tables, and 62 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Data & Research (CEDR)
Identifiers - Location: Washington