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Selectivity and who teaches

With pressure on education schools to be more selective about choosing their students, it seems a good idea to ask how academic selectivity is related to who ends up actually teaching.

Here’s a statistical estimate of the relation between SAT scores and the probability that an education major ends up teaching the year after graduation.

logitTeachingOnSATNo doubt this is oversimplified. But the pictorial message is clear. Students with high SAT scores are a lot more likely to end up teaching than students with low SAT scores.

Two morals:

  • Raising admission standards to ed schools may not have a huge effect on teacher supply, as high-scoring applicants are more likely to eventually end up as teachers.
  • Admitting low-scoring applicants may not be doing them much of a favor if they’re unlikely to end up teaching anyway.


Late addition: The graph is from a logit I ran using the Baccalaureate and Beyond data.

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3 Responses to Selectivity and who teaches

  1. Arthur McKee says:


    This is a great graph. What’s the source for this data?


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