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Podgursky, Michael J.; Springer, Matthew – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2010
This paper provides a review of recent policy initiatives to reform teacher compensation systems and evidence regarding the effect of these policies. The first section examines the current structure of teacher compensation in the U.S. K-12 public education system. The compensation "system" for teachers is fragmented and uncoordinated. Teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Salaries, Quasiexperimental Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Effectiveness
Hanushek, Eric A.; Woessmann, Ludger – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2007
The role of improved schooling, a central part of most development strategies, has become controversial because expansion of school attainment has not guaranteed improved economic conditions. This paper reviews the role of education in promoting economic wellbeing, with a particular focus on the role of educational quality. It concludes that there…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Economic Progress, Developed Nations, Educational Change
Wolf, Patrick J. – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2007
For this systematic review, the author examines 59 findings from 21 quantitative studies regarding the effects of school choice on seven civic values that relate to the capacity of individuals to perform as effective citizens in a representative democracy. The values, in order from the most studied to the least studied, are: (1) Political…
Descriptors: School Choice, Meta Analysis, Citizenship Responsibility, Private Schools
Becker, Sascha O.; Wohmann, Ludger – Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University, 2007
Max Weber attributed the higher economic prosperity of Protestant regions to a Protestant work ethic. We provide an alternative theory, where Protestant economies prospered because instruction in reading the Bible generated the human capital crucial to economic prosperity. County-level data from late 19th-century Prussia reveal that Protestantism…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Protestants, Correlation
Hylden, Jordan – Program on Education Policy and Governance, 2005
A growing body of evidence points to the size of schools as a significant determining factor in academic achievement. Large schools are often far less successful at educating students than small schools. This paper shall first examine the data which support this claim and the reasons why small schools might work better. Finally, our conclusions…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Small Schools, School Size, Educational Environment