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How effective are Los Angeles elementary teachers and schools?

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  • Buddin, Richard

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This study uses value-added methods to examine the effectiveness of Los Angeles elementary teachers and schools. The results show that teacher effectiveness varies substantially across the school district. Most of the variance in teacher effectiveness is within schools and not across schools. Traditional measures of teacher quality like experience and advanced degrees are weakly related to teacher effectiveness. Teacher effectiveness is more variable in mathematics than in language arts.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 27366.

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Date of creation: 31 Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:27366

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Keywords: teacher quality; teacher effectiveness; student achievement; value-added analysis;

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  1. Buddin, Richard, 2011. "Measuring teacher and school effectiveness at improving student achievement in Los Angeles elementary schools," MPRA Paper 31963, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Scott A. Imberman & Michael F. Lovenheim, 2013. "Does the Market Value Value-Added? Evidence from Housing Prices After a Public Release of School and Teacher Value-Added," NBER Working Papers 19157, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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