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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.

Teacher attrition

The Department of Education has a “First Look” study out, “Public School Teacher Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years,” with somewhat surprising numbers on teacher attrition. (Thanks to NCTQ for the link.) The headline number is that only … Continue reading

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How much time spent teaching?

A couple of weeks back I wrote about international comparisons of the number of hours that teachers spend actually teaching. The numbers I presented showed that American teachers put in more hours than their counterparts. So I was surprised to … Continue reading

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Pension debt: not the unions’ fault

If you don’t have enough to worry your mind, read the NCTQ’s report on teacher pension funding. The unfunded part of pension debt has risen a 100 billion dollars over the last few years. I had assumed that teacher unions and … Continue reading

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  1. @NCTQ says:

    RT @ProfitOfEd: #pension debt: not unions’ fault: If u don’t have enough to worry about, read @NCTQ report. http://t.co/pQ0vtccFS6

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Tenure

I strongly favor teacher tenure. Now I know that not everyone agrees. But schools can too easily be politically contentious places, both from inside and as a result of outside pressure. If we want strong teachers, we need to give … Continue reading

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  1. @MrPABruno says:

    Probably not the best way to sort tenure rules.//Tenure http://t.co/xvsRvj4A8n

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Majoring in education

I wrote last month about my surprise at learning that only about half of teachers were education majors. Dan Goldhaber sent me a note pointing out that a number of states encourage potential teachers to do an “academic” major, and … Continue reading

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  1. @MrPABruno says:

    Given how many subjects elementary teaches have to teach, not sure an academic concentration in college would help. http://t.co/fhQMUqsyns

  2. @ProfitOfEd says:

    Majoring in education: I wrote last month about my surprise at learning that only about half of teachers were ed… http://t.co/uBF7BktABD

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Easy A’s

“Easy A’s and What’s Behind Them,” by Hannah Putnam, Julie Greenberg, and Kate Walsh at the National Council on Teacher Quality, adds to the evidence that schools of education give out an awful lot of high grades. The NCTQ folks … Continue reading

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Starting salaries in West Virginia

NCTQ reports on a story in The Journal that West Virginia’s state Senate has voted to raise the minimum starting salary for teachers from $27,917 to $43,000…by 2019. First thing: Thanks West Virginia senators! You’ve taken a big, badly needed, step forward. Second thing: … Continue reading

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Teacher employment in the Great Recession

Recent correspondence with Arthur McKee at the National Council on Teacher Quality brought up an interesting question: What happened to teacher unemployment in the Great Recession? I don’t think anyone has a for-sure answer, but I’ve cobbled together a bit … Continue reading

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  1. Jesse says:

    I think respondents are instructed to give the occupation of their last job if they are unemployed or out of the labor force. So in principle this should identify teachers who have been laid off, but it won’t capture those who just graduated from schools and never got jobs in the first place, which I think accounts for a very large part of teacher unemployment in the last few years. (Most other occupations aren’t tied quite so closely to the degree you earn.)

    A couple of other issues in interpreting this:
    – My guess is the high rate of out-of-the-labor-force reflects teachers who don’t work or look for work over the summer. I assume the underlying data here is the CPS; if so, it should be possible to exclude summer months.
    – If a teacher takes a summer job, then is not called back for the fall, she should report her occupation thereafter as whatever she did over the summer rather than as a teacher (since it refers to the previous job, not the self identity). I don’t know if that is fixable.
    – What is going on with the year 2000? Did teacher unemployment really shoot up in 2001 and stay very high thereafter? It seems unlikely — in 2005, people were talking about looming teacher shortages.

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Ed school VAM

Teachers are central to quality education. Arguably, schools of education are central to quality teachers. The last six months have seen two enormous steps in evaluating schools of education: publication by US News of NCTQ’s rankings of teacher prep programs … Continue reading

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NCTQ State Stars

I’ve made a little map showing the average number of stars awarded by the NCTQ to ed schools in each state. This particular map shows stars for undergraduate training for both elementary and secondary school teachers. Green is a high score and red is … Continue reading

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