Teacher Quality and Dropout Outcomes in a Large, Urban School District
Recent research shows that variation in teacher quality has large effects on student performance. However, this research is based entirely on student test scores. This paper evaluates teacher quality in terms of another educational outcome of great interest graduation. Using a unique instrumental variables approach to identify teacher effects, I find that differences in teacher quality have large effects on graduation outcomes. Because teacher effects on graduation outcomes will be more pronounced for students who are on the graduation margin, the results imply an avenue through which high-quality teachers are more productive with disadvantaged students.
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