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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.

Value-added in Los Angeles

Several of my recent posts have been on a controversy among economists about whether value-added measures of teacher effectiveness are unbiased or not.¬†Bacher-Hicks, Kane, and Staiger look at teachers who switch schools in Los Angeles and find that estimates made … Continue reading

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  1. Ed says:

    I wonder what role geography and transportation infrastructure play in some of the observed patterns. NY and LA are both larger cities and districts, but NYC is dense NE city with robust public transportation infrastructure, whereas LA is a sprawling metropolis with very weak public transportation. This may lead to very different labor market dynamics, factors influencing job decisions and sorting patterns, etc.

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Base teacher pay on hair color

There’s a great quote from Tom Kane in the October 7 Wall Street Journal, Paying teachers on the basis of master’s degrees is equivalent to paying them based on hair color. In the face of overwhelming evidence that master’s degrees … Continue reading

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Who Benefits from KIPP?

Evaluating the performance of a school can be a tough proposition because motivated parents may be more likely to send their kids to a school with a good reputation, so results reflect getting easy-to-teach kids rather than what the school … Continue reading

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  1. Bob Roseth says:

    It’s exactly for this reason that a carefully-crafted charter school law, such as the one that is on the ballot in Washington state, makes sense. While the Stanford/CREDO study can be read as saying that, on average, charters are no better than garden-variety public schools. But if you look more deeply, as this study suggests, some charter school organizations have developed models that, on average, produce results significantly above average — and that this bodes well when their target population is those at greatest risk. This is just one strategy for closing the achievement gap, but one worth having.

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Does data matter for evaluations?

In “Information and Employee Evaluation: Evidence from a Randomized Intervention in Public Schools,” Rockoff,¬† Staiger, Kane, and Taylor look at what happened in New York City when some principals were given information about value-added scores for their teachers’ students, while … Continue reading

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Can you recognize an effective teacher when you recruit one?

A theme is starting to emerge among researchers to the effect that it’s very hard to tell who’ll be a good teacher at hiring-in time, so it might be sensible to hire broadly and then only retain the candidates who … Continue reading

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Charter schools: KIPP in Lynn, MA

Do charter schools work? Getting good statistical evidence is tough because parents who work to get their kids into a charter school are special (If you haven’t already, go see Waiting for Superman). We might expect their kids to outperform … Continue reading

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  1. MS says:

    How much can we legitimately extrapolate from the effect of KIPP to the effect of charter schools in general? Is there any good research out there on the variation in charter school quality?

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