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ERIC Number: ED574304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 46
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
What's in a Teacher Test? Assessing the Relationship between Teacher Test Scores and Student Secondary STEM Achievement. CEDR Working Paper. WP #2016-4
Goldhaber, Dan; Gratz, Trevor; Theobald, Roddy
Center for Education Data & Research
We investigate the predictive validity of teacher credential test scores for student performance in secondary STEM classrooms in Washington state. After replicating earlier findings that teacher basic skills licensure test scores are a modest and statistically significant predictor of student math test score gains in elementary grades, we focus on three subject/grade combinations--middle school math, ninth grade algebra and geometry, and ninth-grade biology--in which both current and prior year subject area test scores are available and estimate value-added models that provide within-subject estimates of the relationship between teacher licensure test scores and student achievement gains. We find that basic skills tests are modestly predictive of student achievement in middle and high school math and highly predictive of student achievement in high school biology. On the other hand, subject-specific tests are a statistically significant predictor of student achievement only in high school biology.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) at American Institutes for Research; National Science Foundation (NSF); Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Data & Research (CEDR)
Identifiers - Location: Washington
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C120008|1555678