In this commentary published in the Hill, Dan Goldhaber, AIR vice president and director of CALDER, and John C. White, Louisiana state superintendent of education, discuss the importance of formal mentoring for teachers during their career training.
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6 Sep 2017
Each year, nearly 6.5 million public school students receive special education services as part of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; the Act's 2004 reauthorization placed greater emphasis on using these funds to improve the postsecondary outcomes of students receiving special education services. This study used longitudinal data on all high school students in Washington State to investigate predictors of intermediate and postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities.
21 May 2016
Given the rapid policy diffusion of the edTPA, a performance-based, subject-specific assessment of teacher candidates, it is surprising that there is currently no existing large-scale research linking it to outcomes for inservice teachers and their students. This report uses longitudinal data from Washington State that include information on teacher candidates’ scores on the edTPA to provide estimates of the extent to which edTPA performance is predictive of the likelihood of employment in the teacher workforce and value-added measures of teacher effectiveness.
28 Apr 2016
This month, a California appeals court overturned a judge’s decision that challenged the state's tenure laws, teacher dismissal practices, and the widespread practice of “last in, first out” layoffs. But, the authors of this commentary contend, research shows that for the sake of students, principals and school leaders require flexibility to make many staffing decisions on their own.
31 Mar 2016
Using administrative longitudinal data from five states, this report looks at how value-added measures of teacher performance are affected by changes in state standards and assessments. In most cases, the researchers found that measures of teacher value added are similarly stable in transition years and nontransition years.
3 Feb 2016
It is well documented that teacher quality is the most important school-based factor associated with improving student achievement. Researchers found that the school context in which student teaching occurs has important implications for the later outcomes of teachers and their students.
11 Sep 2015
Public pension systems in many U.S. states face large funding shortfalls. Movement toward defined contribution (DC) pension structures may reduce the likelihood of future shortfalls. We address some limitations of the existing literature by studying public-sector employees who are enrolled in either a defined benefit (DB) plan or hybrid DB-DC plan, and who at some points have been able to choose between these plans.
10 Sep 2015
The federal government recently directed states to develop plans to reduce inequity in the distribution of teacher quality across schools. Examination of data from Washington state suggests that prospective teachers’ student teaching positions are much more predictive of their first teaching positions than their hometowns, and that more qualified prospective teachers tend to student teach in more advantaged districts.
10 Sep 2015
A considerable amount of research exists on the mobility of teachers within states, but very little is known about the extent to which teachers move from employment in public schools in one state to another. This paper shows levels of cross-state mobility that are drastically lower than levels of within-state mobility, even when accounting for proximity to the border. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that there are significant penalties to cross-state mobility that may be attributable to state-specific licensure regulations, seniority rules, and pension structures.
18 Aug 2015
Research findings about teachers and teacher labor markets sometimes seem to defy conventional wisdom. Dan Goldhaber, director of CALDER at the American Institutes for Research and the Center for Education Data & Research at the University of Washington, explores common assumptions in three Education Week guest blog posts.