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Koedel, Cory; Parsons, Eric; Podgursky, Michael; Ehlert, Mark – Education Finance and Policy, 2015
We compare teacher preparation programs in Missouri based on the effectiveness of their graduates in the classroom. The differences in effectiveness between teachers from different preparation programs are much smaller than has been suggested in previous work. In fact, virtually all of the variation in teacher effectiveness comes from…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Effectiveness, Comparative Analysis, College Graduates
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Koedel, Cory; Ni, Shawn; Podgursky, Michael – Education Finance and Policy, 2014
During the late 1990s public pension funds across the United States accrued large actuarial surpluses. The seemingly flush conditions of the pension funds led legislators in most states to substantially improve retirement benefits for public workers, including teachers. In this study we examine the benefit enhancements to the teacher pension…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Teacher Retirement, Beginning Teachers, Compensation (Remuneration)