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Cohen, Julie; Goldhaber, Dan – Educational Researcher, 2016
Improving teacher evaluation is one of the most pressing but also contested areas of educational policy. Value-added measures have received much of the attention in new evaluation systems, but they can only be used to evaluate a fraction of teachers. Classroom observations are almost universally used to assess teachers, yet their statistical…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Classroom Observation Techniques, Educational Policy, Value Added Models
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Backes, Ben; Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Koedel, Cory; Ni, Shawn; Podgursky, Michael; Xiang, P. Brett; Xu, Zeyu – Educational Researcher, 2016
Most public school teachers in the United States are enrolled in defined benefit (DB) pension plans. Using administrative microdata from four states, combined with national pension funding data, we show these plans have accumulated substantial unfunded liabilities--effectively debt--owing to previous plan operations. On average across 49 state…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Teacher Retirement, Data Analysis, Policy Analysis
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
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Goldhaber, Dan – Educational Researcher, 2015
The past decade has seen a tremendous amount of research on the use of value-added modeling to assess individual teachers, and a significant number of states and districts are now using, or plan to use, value added as a component of a teacher's summative performance evaluation. In this article, I explore the various mechanisms through which the…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Persistence
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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Holden, Kristian L.; Brown, Nate – Educational Researcher, 2015
Due to data limitations, very little is known about patterns of cross-state teacher mobility. It is an important issue because barriers to cross-state mobility create labor market frictions that could lead both current and prospective teachers to opt out of the teaching profession. In this article, we match state-level administrative data sets…
Descriptors: State Surveys, Faculty Mobility, Comparative Analysis, Statistical Data
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Goldhaber, Dan; Lavery, Lesley; Theobald, Roddy – Educational Researcher, 2015
Policymakers aiming to close the well-documented achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students have increasingly turned their attention to issues of teacher quality. A number of studies have demonstrated that teachers are inequitably distributed across student subgroups by input measures, like experience and qualifications, as well…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Advantaged, Disadvantaged, Teacher Distribution
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Goldhaber, Dan – Educational Researcher, 2000
Responds to an article on school choice that claims that increased school choice likely has little effect on overall student achievement, arguing that it is premature to judge the impact of school choice and competition and that analysts should not be bounded by perceived political constraints when examining public policies designed to increase…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Competition, Educational Policy, Educational Vouchers