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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.

Performance of charter vs traditional public schools

Ladd, Clotfelter, and Holbein offer new measures comparing the performance of charter schools to traditional public schools in North Carolina. Here’s their picture for math. So charter schools used to be a little behind and now they perform more or less … Continue reading

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  1. “neither a disaster nor a panacea” but charters seem to have improved over time relative to district schools (in NC). http://t.co/WfLmxxlDme

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More on teacher experience

Today, another piece of evidence that teachers continue to get better with experience. Helen Ladd and Lucy Sorensen offer new findings, based on middle school teachers in North Carolina, suggesting that learning-on-the-job continues for an extended period, perhaps a decade or so. … Continue reading

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  1. @PPTAWeb says:

    Greater teacher experience correlated with improved student outcomes http://t.co/C4fyiN6zH2 via @ProfitOfEd http://t.co/vFlHuPLxnp

  2. @MrPABruno says:

    “teachers continue to improve gradually for another decade or more” http://t.co/6o2ZlbYVn5

  3. @ProfitOfEd says:

    More on teacher experience: Today, another piece of evidence that teachers continue to get better with experienc… http://t.co/ZpzrbasiN4

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CALDER on tenure

CALDER has a nice conversation on the effects of eliminating tenure in the wake of the Vergara. Good points are made, with an emphasis on shedding light rather than the all-too-common political posturing. A few of my favorite quotes: Rick Hanushek: … Continue reading

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The statistics of algebra

There’s a move in some parts of the country to get all eight graders to take algebra, rather than having students wait for high school. In “The Aftermath of Accelerating Algebra,” economists Clotfelter, Ladd, and Vigdor explain that a primary cause for … Continue reading

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  1. Bob Roseth says:

    And there’s a movement (of one) to eliminate algebra: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/opinion/sunday/is-algebra-necessary.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all. The author says that “making mathematics mandatory prevents us from developing and discovering young talent.” So we could go to the other extreme, based on little or no evidence, if we believe this author’s somewhat plausible argument.

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