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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.

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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Math pays outside teaching, not for teachers though

Teachers get paid for experience and credentials, but not for specific skills. Patrick Walsh explains that outside of K-12 education, both math and verbal skills get rewarded…but math skills get rewarded more. Unsurprisingly, people with more math skills are drawn … Continue reading

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Teacher skills: math versus verbal

Patrick Walsh has taken data from Baccalaureate and Beyond to look at math versus verbal skills for teachers versus nonteachers. Next time I’ll talk about his results on how the teacher/nonteacher salary gap is different for people really good at … Continue reading

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Guess who doesn’t get the good teachers

Would it shock you to hear that low-income students/minority students/lower-achieving students all get given weaker teachers on average? Probably not. Dan Goldhaber and team have put together data documenting how the issues. (The data is for Washington State, but I expect … 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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More on improving teacher SAT scores

A recent post discussed a study by Dan Goldhaber and Joe Walch showing that teacher SAT scores are improving. Education Realist posted an interesting comment arguing that part of what’s going on is a composition effect. The suggestion is that … Continue reading

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Moving high-performance teachers to low-performance schools

A new Mathematica report looks at a randomized experiment in which high-performance teachers were paid to move to low-performance schools. Teachers ranked in the top fifth of teachers in their subject and grade were offered $20,000 to move to a … Continue reading

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Is it the teacher or is it the school?

A critical question in the use of value-added models is whether we’re really measuring how good a teacher is or whether we’re in part picking up that some teachers are in schools where all teachers do better. If the latter … Continue reading

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Teachers and SAT scores again

The discussion on “teacher quality” sometimes degenerates, coming off as if teachers are kinda dumb. Teachers are not dumb. In fact, their academic ability–as measured by SAT scores–looks pretty much like the ability of other college grads. Here’s a table … Continue reading

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What teachers teach and their SAT scores

Here’s a short graphic on the SAT scores of students who pass the Praxis licensing test. (The graphic is copied from the ETS publication “Teacher Quality in a Changing Policy Landscape: Improvements in the Teacher Pool.” I was led to … Continue reading

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