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Goldhaber, Dan – Education Finance and Policy, 2018
Educational researchers want to engage in, or with, research that matters--research that helps education institutions improve the academic and life outcomes of students. This essay is about whether education research matters for students. The author defines "death-bed impact" as the direct line between education research and student…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Outcomes of Education, Correlation, Surveys
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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
Despite their widespread use, there is little academic evidence on whether applicant selection instruments can improve teacher hiring. We examine the relationship between two screening instruments used by Spokane Public Schools to select classroom teachers and three teacher outcomes: value added, absences, and attrition. We observe all applicants…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Admission (School), Public Schools, Selection Tools
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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
This paper examines the savings behavior of public school teachers who are enrolled in a hybrid pension plan that includes a defined contribution (DC) component. Few states have incorporated DC features into teacher pension systems and little is known about how providing teachers with greater control over deferred compensation might affect their…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Money Management, Teacher Salaries, Age Differences
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Corcoran, Sean; Goldhaber, Dan – Education Finance and Policy, 2013
In this policy brief we argue that there is little debate about the statistical properties of value-added model (VAM) estimates of teacher performance, yet, despite this, there is little consensus about what the evidence about VAMs implies for their practical utility as part of high-stakes performance evaluation systems. A review of the evidence…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Academic Achievement, Educational Policy
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Goldhaber, Dan; Theobald, Roddy – Education Finance and Policy, 2013
Over 2,000 teachers in the state of Washington received reduction in force (RIF) notices across the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. We link data on these RIF notices to an administrative data set that includes student, teacher, school, and district variables to determine the factors that predict the likelihood of a teacher receiving a RIF…
Descriptors: Job Layoff, Teachers, Prediction, Employment Level
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DeArmond, Michael; Goldhaber, Dan – Education Finance and Policy, 2010
In this article we focus on two questions: How well do teachers understand their current pension plans, and what do they think about alternative plan structures? The data come from administrative records and a 2006 survey of teachers in Washington State. The results suggest that Washington's teachers are fairly knowledgeable about their pensions,…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Beginning Teachers
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Goldhaber, Dan; Hansen, Michael – Education Finance and Policy, 2009
Investment in the certification of teachers by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) represents a significant policy initiative for the nation's public school teachers. This article investigates the potential impact of NBPTS certification on teachers' career paths. Using a competing risks model on data from North Carolina…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Certification, Teacher Persistence, Career Development
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Goldhaber, Dan – Education Finance and Policy, 2006
This brief summarizes findings from several research articles that focus on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). This work focuses on three key questions: Who applies for and becomes National Board certified? Where do National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) teach? Are they more effective than other teachers? The…
Descriptors: National Standards, Teacher Certification, Teacher Effectiveness, Educational Policy