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Teacher Preparation Programs and Teacher Quality: Are There Real Differences Across Programs?

Cory Koedel, Mark Ehlert (), Michael Podgursky and Eric Parsons ()

No 1204, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Missouri

Abstract: We compare teacher preparation programs in Missouri based on the effectiveness of their graduates in the classroom. The differences in effectiveness between teachers from different preparation programs are very small. In fact, virtually all of the variation in teacher effectiveness comes from within-program differences between teachers. Prior research has overstated differences in teacher performance across preparation programs for several reasons, most notably because some sampling variability in the data has been incorrectly attributed to the preparation programs.

Keywords: Teacher Training; Value Added; Data Clustering; Teacher Preparation; Teacher Preparation Program Effectiveness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2012-04-09, Revised 2012-07-13
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