Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement

44 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2008 Last revised: 13 Aug 2021

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Donald Boyd

SUNY at Albany

Pamela Grossman

Stanford University - School of Education

Hamilton Lankford

SUNY at Albany - College of Arts and Sciences

Susanna Loeb

Stanford University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

James H. Wyckoff

SUNY at Albany - College of Arts and Sciences

Date Written: September 2008

Abstract

There are fierce debates over the best way to prepare teachers. Some argue that easing entry into teaching is necessary to attract strong candidates, while others argue that investing in high quality teacher preparation is the most promising approach. Most agree, however, that we lack a strong research basis for understanding how to prepare teachers. This paper is one of the first to estimate the effects of features of teachers' preparation on teachers' value-added to student test score performance in math and English Language Arts. Our results indicate variation across preparation programs in the average effectiveness of the teachers they are supplying to New York City schools. In particular, preparation directly linked to practice appears to benefit teachers in their first year.

Suggested Citation

Boyd, Donald and Grossman, Pamela and Lankford, Hamilton and Loeb, Susanna and Wyckoff, James H., Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement (September 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w14314, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1264576

Donald Boyd

SUNY at Albany ( email )

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Pamela Grossman

Stanford University - School of Education ( email )

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Hamilton Lankford

SUNY at Albany - College of Arts and Sciences ( email )

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Susanna Loeb (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

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James H. Wyckoff

SUNY at Albany - College of Arts and Sciences ( email )

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