ERIC Number: EJ1137958
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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Returns to Teacher Experience: Student Achievement and Motivation in Middle School
Ladd, Helen F.; Sorensen, Lucy C.
Education Finance and Policy, v12 n2 p241-279 Spr 2017
Sorensen (corresponding author) Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy University of Albany SUNY Albany, NY 12222 firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract We use rich longitudinally matched administrative data on students and teachers in North Carolina to examine the patterns of differential effectiveness by teachers' years of experience. The paper contributes to the literature by focusing on middle school teachers and by extending the analysis to student outcomes beyond test scores. Once we control statistically for the quality of individual teachers using teacher fixed effects, we find large returns to experience for middle school teachers in the form both of higher test scores and improvements in student behavior, with the clearest behavioral effects emerging for reductions in student absenteeism. Moreover these returns extend well beyond the first few years of teaching. The paper contributes to policy debates by documenting that teachers can and do continue to learn on the job.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Experience, Middle School Teachers, Tests, Scores, Student Behavior, Attendance Patterns, Middle School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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