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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.

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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Who Enters Teaching?

A bit over a year ago I wrote about work done by Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch that showed nation-wide evidence of improving teacher ability. New results from “Who Enters Teaching?,” by Lankford, Loeb, McEachin, Miller, and Wyckoff, offers similar … Continue reading

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  1. As for the last, it’s probably loan forgiveness.

    I’ve been pointing this out for over three years, now. It’s probably less about “more higher scoring teachers” than it is “fewer low scoring teachers” because in 2002, the tests got harder. We have been consistently chopping off the bottom. Of course, there’s no evidence that this improves student outcomes.

    But “smarter teachers=smarter students”, like “stricter gun laws=less crime” and “tougher drug bans=fewer addicts”, is just a truism that people apparently need more time to figure out.

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Heterogeneity in “learning that lasts”

One of the criticisms of measuring teacher quality with test scores and value-added measures is that test scores don’t measure learning that really matters, in particular that whatever test scores do measure isn’t something that lasts. However, there is increasing … 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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