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ERIC Number: EJ889247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Teacher Credentials and Student Achievement in High School: A Cross-Subject Analysis with Student Fixed Effects
Clotfelter, Charles T.; Ladd, Helen F.; Vigdor, Jacob L.
Journal of Human Resources, v45 n3 p655-681 Sum 2010
We use data on statewide end-of-course tests in North Carolina to examine the relationship between teacher credentials and student achievement at the high school level. We find compelling evidence that teacher credentials, particularly licensure and certification, affects student achievement in systematic ways and that the magnitudes are large enough to be policy relevant. Our findings imply that the uneven distribution of teacher credentials by race and socioeconomic status of high school students--a pattern we also document--contributes to achievement gaps in high school. In addition, some troubling findings emerge related to the gender and race of the teachers. (Contains 9 tables and 32 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
IES Funded: Yes
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060067
IES Cited: ED520166; ED544345; ED565617