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

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  • Cory Koedel

    (University of Missouri, Columbia)

  • Eric Parsons

    (University of Missouri, Columbia)

  • Michael Podgursky

    (University of Missouri, Columbia)

  • Mark Ehlert

    (University of Missouri, Columbia)

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 much smaller than has been suggested in previous work. 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 by failing to properly account for teacher sampling.

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  • Cory Koedel & Eric Parsons & Michael Podgursky & Mark Ehlert, 2015. "Teacher Preparation Programs and Teacher Quality: Are There Real Differences Across Programs?," Education Finance and Policy, MIT Press, vol. 10(4), pages 508-534, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:edfpol:v:10:y:2015:i:4:p:508-534
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    • A - General Economics and Teaching
    • B - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology
    • E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
    • I - Health, Education, and Welfare
    • K - Law and Economics
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects

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