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Measuring the Impacts of Teachers II: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood

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  • Raj Chetty
  • John N. Friedman
  • Jonah E. Rockoff

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Are teachers' impacts on students' test scores ("value-added") a good measure of their quality? This question has sparked debate partly because of a lack of evidence on whether high value-added (VA) teachers who raise students' test scores improve students' long-term outcomes. Using school district and tax records for more than one million children, we find that students assigned to high-VA teachers in primary school are more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, and are less likely to have children as teenagers. Replacing a teacher whose VA is in the bottom 5% with an average teacher would increase the present value of students' lifetime income by approximately $250,000 per classroom.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 19424.

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Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19424

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Cited by:
  1. Raj Chetty & Nathaniel Hendren & Patrick Kline & Emmanuel Saez, 2014. "Where is the Land of Opportunity? The Geography of Intergenerational Mobility in the United States," NBER Working Papers 19843, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Karthik Muralidharan & Venkatesh Sundararaman, 2013. "Contract Teachers: Experimental Evidence from India," NBER Working Papers 19440, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Elizabeth U. Cascio & Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, 2013. "The Impacts of Expanding Access to High-Quality Preschool Education," NBER Working Papers 19735, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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