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Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), 2018
We study a teacher incentive policy in Washington State that awards a financial bonus to National Board certified teachers in high poverty schools. Using a regression discontinuity design, we find that the bonus policy increased the proportion of certified teachers in bonus-eligible schools by improving hiring, increasing certification rates of…
Descriptors: Merit Pay, Rewards, Poverty, National Standards
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Huntington-Klein, Nick; Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – Research in Higher Education, 2017
Online courses at the college level are growing in popularity, and nearly all community colleges offer online courses (Allen and Seaman in "Tracking online education in the United States," Babson Survey Research Group, Babson Park, 2015). What is the effect of the expanded availability of online curricula on persistence in the field and…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Online Courses, Distance Education, Quasiexperimental Design
Goldhaber, Dan; Cowan, James; Theobald, Roddy – Journal of Teacher Education, 2017
We use longitudinal data from Washington State to provide estimates of the extent to which performance on the edTPA, a performance-based, subject-specific assessment of teacher candidates, is predictive of the likelihood of employment in the teacher workforce and value-added measures of teacher effectiveness. While edTPA scores are highly…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Longitudinal Studies
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Goldhaber, Dan; Bignell, Wes; Farley, Amy; Walch, Joe; Cowan, James – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 2016
We report on research examining the revealed preferences of teachers in Denver Public Schools who were given the opportunity to select between remaining on a traditional salary schedule and opting into one of the nation's high-profile pay reform systems, Denver's Professional Compensation System for Teachers. The incentive structure creates…
Descriptors: Incentives, Merit Pay, Teacher Salaries, Public School Teachers
Goldhaber, Dan; Cowan, James; Theobald, Roddy – Center for Education Data & Research, 2016
We use longitudinal data from Washington State to provide estimates of the extent to which performance on the edTPA, a performance-based, subject-specific assessment of teacher candidates, is predictive of the likelihood of employment in the teacher workforce and value-added measures of teacher effectiveness. While edTPA scores are highly…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Performance Based Assessment, Preservice Teachers, Predictive Validity
Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2016
We study the effectiveness of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in Washington State, which has one of the largest populations of National Board-Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the nation. Based on value-added models in math and reading, we find that NBPTS-certified teachers are about 0.01-0.05…
Descriptors: Teacher Certification, National Standards, Teacher Effectiveness, Value Added Models
Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan; Hayes, Kyle; Theobald, Roddy – Educational Researcher, 2016
Though policymakers are increasingly concerned about teacher shortages in U.S. public schools, the national discussion does not reflect historical patterns of the supply of and demand for newly minted teachers. Specifically, the production of teacher candidates has increased steadily since the mid-1980s, and only about half of graduating teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Shortage, Public Schools, Teacher Supply and Demand, STEM Education
Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – Center for Education Data & Research, 2015
We study the effectiveness of teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) in Washington State, which has one of the largest populations of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) in the nation. Based on value-added models in math and reading, we find that NBPTS certified teachers are about 0.01-0.05…
Descriptors: National Standards, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Effectiveness, Mathematics Achievement
Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – Center for Education Data & Research, 2015
We study a teacher incentive policy in Washington State that awards a financial bonus to National Board Certified Teachers who teach in high-poverty schools. We study the effects of the policy on student achievement and teacher staffing using a regression discontinuity design that exploits the fact that eligibility for the bonus is based on the…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged Schools, Poverty, Merit Pay, Academic Achievement
Goldhaber, Dan; Cowan, James; Long, Mark; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Center for Education Data & Research, 2015
Students are typically given a large amount of freedom to choose the level of "curricular dispersion": the tight focus or lack thereof in the courses they elect to take while in college. There is little evidence about what predicts students' curricular dispersion, whether it affects later college or labor force outcomes, or, in fact, how…
Descriptors: Course Selection (Students), College Students, Predictor Variables, Correlation
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Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – Review of Higher Education, 2015
We study a popular dual enrollment program in Washington State, "Running Start" using a new administrative database that links high school and postsecondary data. Conditional on prior high school performance, we find that students participating in Running Start are more likely to attend any college but less likely to attend four-year…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, College Preparation, College Bound Students, Educational Attainment
Goldhaber, Dan; Cowan, James; Theobald, Roddy – Center for Education Data & Research, 2016
We use longitudinal data from Washington State to provide estimates of the extent to which performance on the edTPA, a performance-based, subject-specific assessment of teacher candidates, is predictive of the likelihood of employment in the teacher workforce and value-added measures of teacher effectiveness. While edTPA scores are highly…
Descriptors: Portfolio Assessment, Performance Based Assessment, Preservice Teachers, Predictive Validity
Goldhaber, Dan; Cowan, James; Theobald, Roddy – National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER), 2016
We use longitudinal data from Washington State to provide estimates of the extent to which performance on the edTPA, a performance-based, subject-specific assessment of teacher candidates, is predictive of the likelihood of employment in the teacher workforce and value-added measures of teacher effectiveness. While edTPA scores are highly…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Preservice Teachers, Student Evaluation, Program Validation
Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – Center for Education Data & Research, 2014
We study a popular dual enrollment program in Washington State, "Running Start" using a new administrative database that links high school and postsecondary data. Conditional on prior high school performance, we find that students participating in Running Start are more likely to attend any college but less likely to attend four-year…
Descriptors: Dual Enrollment, Cooperative Programs, Institutional Cooperation, College School Cooperation
Cowan, James; Goldhaber, Dan – Center for Education Data & Research, 2014
As part of Washington State's efforts to ensure and improve the quality of the teacher workforce, the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB), with assistance from Educational Testing Services (ETS), has recently introduced a new, evidence-based assessment of teachers called the ProTeach Portfolio. The development of ProTeach was mandated by…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Portfolio Assessment, Teacher Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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