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Applicant Hiring vs Performance

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

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  1. RT @CharlesBarone: Schools could do a better job of picking good teachers with relatively little difficulty. HT @MrPABruno http://t.co/ogqs…

  2. RT @MrPABruno: “it seems that schools could do a better job of picking good teachers with relatively little difficulty” http://t.co/z3D5NjN…

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IMPACT on Teachers

Thomas Dee and James Wycoff ask whether teachers respond to the incentives built into Washington, D.C.’s IMPACT teacher evaluation program. Their answer is yes–big time. As a reminder, DC put in place a program in which all teachers receive serious, multifaceted … Continue reading

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DC IMPACT and Highly Effective teachers

Let’s continue Monday’s discussion of Thomas Dee and James Wyckoff’s examination of Washington, D.C.’s IMPACT teacher evaluation program. A key element of the program is that a teacher rated Highly Effective, about 1 teacher out of 7,  gets a significant financial reward. … Continue reading

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DC IMPACT and teacher incentives

Thomas Dee and James Wyckoff offer careful evidence showing that the incentives embedded in Washington, DC’s IMPACT have real–and desirable–effects on which teachers stay in teaching and which ones leave. What Dee and Wyckoff did was to compare teachers just … Continue reading

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Why so much focus on the bottom tail?

Politicians seem to take great glee in focusing on bad teachers. I guess I understand that this is good politics. It’s not good policy making. Don’t misunderstand–getting really bad teachers away from our kids is important and many, many schools … Continue reading

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IMPACT Design

D.C. has just finished up the second year of IMPACT, the school district’s teacher evaluation system. IMPACT has some very nice design features. One feature deserving emphasis is that the system was jointly agreed to by the district and the … Continue reading

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