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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.

Better all the time

James Surowiecki argues in the New Yorker that improvements over the last 30 years in professional sports and in such diverse arenas as chess and professional music are due largely to a great increase in the intensity of training regimes. … Continue reading

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Value-added and evaluating teacher preparation programs

The quality of teacher training programs and schools of education is a hot topic. (It’s going to get hotter when the folks at NCTQ release their national rankings.) I’ve thought that one incredibly important piece of objective evidence in evaluating … Continue reading

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  1. Jane Close Conoley says:

    As in any professional training endeavor the outcomes we get in teacher training are affected by how/whom we select, the experiences we offer during preparation, the situations novice teachers find themselves in during their beginning years, and the ongoing support we offer novices and practicing educators. On the ground, employers notice differences among programs in terms of novice teacher readiness to take the helm of a classroom. Translating these into snapshots of student achievement, however, is difficult. If teacher skills account for about 40% of variance in student achievement and teacher preparation accounts for ??% in teacher skills the actual effects of program on a single measure is quite likely to be small.

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