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Welcome to the Profit of Education website. Continuing the conversation begun in the book Profit of Education, we discuss the latest economic evidence on education reform.
Today’s post appeared on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Do professional development programs for teachers actually develop better teachers? Should the large amount of money spent on teacher development be re-directed to better uses? “The Mirage: Confronting the Hard … Continue reading
Today’s post appeared on the BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. Here’s a question to consider: Are teacher shortages… A. Real? B. Imaginary? C. Both? D. Neither? Are we facing a nationwide teacher shortage? What do we mean by “shortage”—or, better, … Continue reading
Today’s post appeared in THE BROWN CENTER CHALKBOARD at the Brookings Institution. A possible teacher shortage has been much in the news—in California, for instance, the number of new credentials has fallen by about half since 2004, while K-12 enrollment stayed … Continue reading
ProfitOfEducation is going on break for the summer. Hope to see you back in the new school year!
While this blog is mostly about K-12 education, some of the rhetoric you hear nowadays tends toward the idea that the goal of K-12 is “college readiness.” Regardless of whether you’re in agreement with “college readiness” as an over-riding goal, … Continue reading
Here’s a factoid that I hadn’t known. Public school students are quite a bit more likely to attend school in a large school district than was true in the past. I’ve made a little chart showing the percentage of students … Continue reading
I had the pleasure this week of hearing Jonah Rockoff talk about a paper he’s written with several colleagues, “Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from DC Public Schools.” My impression is that in general school districts do a lousy job … Continue reading
Roughly 12 percent of teachers work in private schools. But more than twice that fraction of new teachers, 28 percent, work in private schools. (Numbers are from the Digest of Education Statistics. They’re probably not perfect, but I suspect they’re close.) Why … Continue reading
The Department of Education has a “First Look” study out, “Public School Teacher Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years,” with somewhat surprising numbers on teacher attrition. (Thanks to NCTQ for the link.) The headline number is that only … Continue reading
Ladd, Clotfelter, and Holbein offer new measures comparing the performance of charter schools to traditional public schools in North Carolina. Here’s their picture for math. So charter schools used to be a little behind and now they perform more or less … Continue reading