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The effect of teacher ratings on teacher performance

Nolan G. Pope

Journal of Public Economics, 2019, vol. 172, issue C, 84-110

Abstract: In August 2010, the Los Angeles Times publicly released value-added ratings for teachers and elementary schools in Los Angeles. Exploiting the release of these ratings as a natural experiment and using the timing of their release to account for regression to the mean, I find that low-rated teachers saw increases in their students' math and English test scores. High-rated teachers saw little to no change in their students' tests with the release of the ratings. These differential responses from low- and high-rated teachers suggest possible test score gains from the release of teacher ratings. School ratings had no additional impact on student test scores. I find no evidence that the release of the ratings affected classroom composition or teacher turnover.

Keywords: Education; Teacher; School; Ratings; Value-added; Tests; Evaluations; Los Angeles; Public (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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