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Teacher Quality and Educational Production in Secondary School

Cory Koedel and Julian Betts

No 707, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Missouri

Abstract: This study uses administrative data linking students and teachers at the classroom level to evaluate teacher quality and joint production in secondary school. Teacher quality is measured by value-added to student test scores in math and reading. Although empirical research has struggled to link observable teacher qualifications to student achievement, teacher quality measured by student performance varies significantly and has important effects on educational outcomes. I identify which teacher inputs affect which test-score outputs in secondary school and find strong evidence of joint production. The results from this study are applicable to incentive design and teacher accountability programs.

Keywords: teacher quality; educational production; joint production; teacher value-added; value-added; teacher evaluation; secondary school (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I21 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-08-22
Note: Updated substantially as WP-0808
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