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The Impact of Performance Ratings on Job Satisfaction for Public School Teachers

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  • Cory Koedel

    () (Department of Economics and Truman School of Public Affairs)

  • Jiaxi Li

    (Department of Economics, at the University of Missouri)

  • Matthew G. Springer

    (Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University)

  • Li Tan

    (Department of Economics, at the University of Missouri)

Abstract

Spurred by the federal Race to the Top competition, the state of Tennessee implemented a comprehensive statewide educator evaluation system in 2011. The new system is designed to increase the rigor of evaluations and better differentiate teachers based on performance. The use of more differentiated ratings represents a significant shift in education policy. We merge teacher performance evaluations from the new system with data from post-evaluation teacher surveys to examine the effects of the differentiated ratings on job satisfaction for teachers. Using a regression-discontinuity design, we show that higher ratings under the new system causally improve teachers’ perceptions of work relative to lower ratings. Our findings offer the first causal evidence of which we are aware on the relationship between performance ratings and job satisfaction for individual teachers.

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  • Cory Koedel & Jiaxi Li & Matthew G. Springer & Li Tan, 2016. "The Impact of Performance Ratings on Job Satisfaction for Public School Teachers," Working Papers 1617, Department of Economics, University of Missouri.
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    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets

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