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.

What training characteristics make for a good teacher? Who knows–again!

Matthew Chingos and Paul Peterson looked through a massive data set of Florida teachers, linking up the value-added scores of each teacher’s students with the teacher’s training and experience. (“It’s easier to pick a good teacher than to train one.”) They confirm–more or less–what others have found with other data.

  • Master’s degrees don’t help.
  • Going to a selective college doesn’t help.
  • Undergraduate major doesn’t matter.
  • National Board Certified Teachers perform better. This is because the NBPTS identifies better teachers, not because the certification process improves teaching.
  • Teachers improve a lot in the first few years on the job, but not after that.
  • Failing the teacher certification test is a bad sign.

One finding that’s a little different: The authors find at least some evidence that teaching results turn down some after many years teaching.

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