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Do Low-Income Students Have Equal Access to the Highest-Performing Teachers?


  • Steven Glazerman
  • Jeffrey Max


Most research on equal educational opportunity has focused on inputs like teacher experience and degrees. This brief estimated teachers’ value added (contribution to student achievement growth) and measured access to highest-performing teachers in high- and low-poverty schools. Across 10 selected districts in seven states students in the highest-poverty schools had unequal access, on average, to the district’s highest-performing middle school teachers. The pattern for elementary school was less clear. The degree of equal access varied by district.

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  • Steven Glazerman & Jeffrey Max, 2011. "Do Low-Income Students Have Equal Access to the Highest-Performing Teachers?," Mathematica Policy Research Reports b5869da6f9a54ef09fcd97be7, Mathematica Policy Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:b5869da6f9a54ef09fcd97be781b8a33

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    1. Steele, Jennifer L. & Pepper, Matthew J. & Springer, Matthew G. & Lockwood, J.R., 2015. "The distribution and mobility of effective teachers: Evidence from a large, urban school district," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 86-101.
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    3. Jeffrey Max & Steven Glazerman, 2014. "Do Disadvantaged Students Get Less Effective Teaching? Key Findings from Recent Institute of Education Sciences Studies (Evaluation Brief)," Mathematica Policy Research Reports a7da30900bb047038d31acd56, Mathematica Policy Research.
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    5. Melissa A. Clark & Hanley S. Chiang & Tim Silva & Sheena McConnell & Kathy Sonnenfeld & Anastasia Erbe & Michael Puma, 2013. "The Effectiveness of Secondary Math Teachers from Teach For America and the Teaching Fellows Programs," Mathematica Policy Research Reports ad5192faecc9490288484de35, Mathematica Policy Research.

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    Teacher Performance Low-Income Students Teacher Quality Education;

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    • I - Health, Education, and Welfare


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