- "What Freakonomics did in raising our collective economic literacy, this book does for the economics of schooling." -Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality
Tag Archives: Thomas Kane
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.
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
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
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
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
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