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

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 very small. 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 for several reasons, most notably because some sampling variability in the data has been incorrectly attributed to the preparation programs.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 1204.

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Length: 31 pgs.
Date of creation: 09 Apr 2012
Date of revision: 13 Jul 2012
Handle: RePEc:umc:wpaper:1204
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