Tag Archives: Dan Goldhaber

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Teacher performance estimates: errors and changes

Teacher evaluations are all the rage, and using value-added assessments based on student test scores is a big part of the new wave. Of course, a teacher’s score changes from year to year. Whether such changes matter depend on what … Continue reading

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Two views on the value of value-added measures

Economists find value-added measures (roughly, the change in student test scores from one year to the next) enormously useful in measuring educational outcomes. Whether VAM is so useful for teacher personnel policy is a whole lot less clear. In an article … Continue reading

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School response to accountability pressure: real or just gaming the numbers

What happens when schools face outside pressure to improve? Do they make real changes or do they just game the system to look better? Ceci Rouse, Jane Hannaway, Dan Goldhaber, and David Figlio show that schools really do change their … Continue reading

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I have an odd theory for an economist

Economics begins with the idea that people respond to incentives, particularly to monetary incentives. When it comes to incentive pay, I fear some reformers place too much faith in the power of incentives. Don’t misunderstand, higher teacher salaries are necessary … Continue reading

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More teacher prep and value-added

How different are the products of different schools of education? In particular, are there measurable differences in the performance of students of teachers trained in one program when compared to students of teachers trained in another? Dan Goldhaber, Stephanie Liddle, and … Continue reading

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The long-term stability of teacher performance measures

One of the knocks against using (value-added measures of) student test scores to evaluate teachers is that the average class score–which is how the teacher is evaluated–varies too much from year to year. This is of special concern if we’re … Continue reading

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High School VAM

Dan Goldhaber and co-authors use a unique data set to look at value-added models of high school teaching in “Teacher Value-Added at the High School Level: Different Models, Different Answers?” Value-added models (VAM) rely on having a sequence of tests … Continue reading

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Graphic of the year

I’m nominating this figure by Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch for the Graphic of the Year award. (Well, at least for the Wonk Graphic of the Year.) Goldhaber and Walch remind us that getting more effective teachers is brought about–potentially–through … Continue reading

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ProComp pay for performance

ProComp–the Denver schools’ pay for performance program–is, in the words of authors Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch “arguably the nation’s most high-profile example of strategic pay reform.” Is it working? In a new study Goldhaber and Walch find evidence that … Continue reading

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More on top and bottom schools of education

On Wednesday I talked about Dan Goldhaber and Stephanie Liddle’s new study of Washington State schools of education. The results are so important that I need to add another quote. …in math, the average difference between teachers who received a … Continue reading

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