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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2015
It is well documented that teachers can have profound effects on student outcomes. Empirical estimates find that a one standard deviation increase in teacher quality raises student test achievement by 10 to 25 percent of a standard deviation. More recent evidence shows that the effectiveness of teachers can affect long-term student outcomes, such…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Teacher Selection, Selection Tools, Scoring Rubrics
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
Long, Mark C.; Goldhaber, Dan; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Center for Education Data & Research, 2014
We find statistically significant relationships between changes in wages by occupation and subsequent changes in college majors completed in associated fields. College majors (defined at a detailed level) are most strongly related to wages observed three years earlier, when students were college freshmen. The responses to wages vary depending on…
Descriptors: College Students, Majors (Students), Statistical Significance, Comparative Analysis