Tag Archives: Michael Hansen

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.

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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Teacher quality and class size

We know that the best teachers get incredibly more out of their students than do the worst teachers. So why not assign more students to the best teachers? While the best teachers probably would do a little less well with … Continue reading

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Teacher performance estimates: some facts

As promised Monday, here are some facts on the source of variation in value-added estimates of teacher ability. I’ve condensed these down from a newly published paper by Dan Goldhaber and Michael Hansen. Here’s a picture. What this means is that … Continue reading

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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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Turn arounds: Is it changing who teaches or how well they teach?

Michael Hansen has taken a look at “turn around” schools in North Carolina and Florida, compared them to other “chronically low performing” schools in those states, and decomposed the improvement in the turn around schools into three factors: Better performance from … Continue reading

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