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Does Teacher Training Affect Pupil Learning? Evidence from Matched Comparisons in Jerusalem Public Schools

  • Angrist, Joshua D
  • Lavy, Victor

Most research on the relationship between teacher characteristics and pupil achievement focuses on salaries, experience, and education. The effect of in-service training has received less attention. We estimate the effect of in-service teacher training on achievements in Jerusalem elementary schools using a matched-comparison design. Differences-in-differences, regression, and matching estimates suggest training in secular schools lead to an improvement in test scores. The estimates for religious schools are not clear-cut, perhaps because training religious schools started later and was implemented on a smaller scale. Estimates for secular schools suggest teacher training provided a cost-effective means of increasing test scores. Copyright 2001 by University of Chicago Press.

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Volume (Year): 19 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 343-69

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