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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.

New Year’s reading

Recommended reading to start your new year: “Teacher Effects and Teacher-Related Policies” by Kirabo Jackson, Jonah Rockoff, and Douglas Staiger (available here). The authors offer a nice, and nicely nontechnical, summary of what we know about how much teachers affect student … Continue reading

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Value-added in Los Angeles

Several of my recent posts have been on a controversy among economists about whether value-added measures of teacher effectiveness are unbiased or not. Bacher-Hicks, Kane, and Staiger look at teachers who switch schools in Los Angeles and find that estimates made … Continue reading

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  1. Ed says:

    I wonder what role geography and transportation infrastructure play in some of the observed patterns. NY and LA are both larger cities and districts, but NYC is dense NE city with robust public transportation infrastructure, whereas LA is a sprawling metropolis with very weak public transportation. This may lead to very different labor market dynamics, factors influencing job decisions and sorting patterns, etc.

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Test scores and intervention fadeout

Elizabeth Cascio and Douglas Staiger take a fresh look at what we think we know about the timing of educational interventions and show that part of what we think we know is due to arbitrary scaling of test scores. Cascio … Continue reading

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Does data matter for evaluations?

In “Information and Employee Evaluation: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in Public Schools,” Rockoff,  Staiger, Kane, and Taylor look at what happened in New York City when some principals were given information about value-added scores for their teachers’ students, while … Continue reading

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Passing Muster

The new Brookings report “Passing Muster: Evaluating Teacher Evaluation Systems” (authors: Steven Glazerman, Dan Goldhaber, Susanna Loeb, Stephen Raudenbush, Douglas O. Staiger, and Grover J. Whitehurst) offers a practical guide for moving forward on implementation of teacher evaluation systems. Teacher … Continue reading

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Can you recognize an effective teacher when you recruit one?

A theme is starting to emerge among researchers to the effect that it’s very hard to tell who’ll be a good teacher at hiring-in time, so it might be sensible to hire broadly and then only retain the candidates who … Continue reading

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