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Lost in translation? teacher training and outcomes in high school economics classes

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  • Robert G. Valletta
  • K. Jody Hoff
  • Jane S. Lopus

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Using data on 24 teachers and 982 students from a 2006 survey of California high school economics classes, we assess the effects of student and teacher characteristics on student achievement. We estimate value-added models of outcomes on multiple choice and essay exams, with matched classroom pairs for each teacher enabling random effects and fixed-effects estimation. Students’ own and peer GPAs and their attitudes towards economics have the largest effects on value-added scores. We also find a substantial impact of specialized teacher experience and college-level coursework in economics, although the effects of the latter are positive for the multiple choice test and negative for the essay test.

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  • Robert G. Valletta & K. Jody Hoff & Jane S. Lopus, 2012. "Lost in translation? teacher training and outcomes in high school economics classes," Working Paper Series 2012-03, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfwp:2012-03
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    • A21 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Pre-college
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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