Do Teachers Matter? Measuring the Variation in Teacher Effectiveness in England

17 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2012

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Helen Slater

University of Bristol - Department of Economics

Neil M. Davies

University of Bristol

Simon M. Burgess

University of Bristol - Department of Economics; University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: October 2012

Abstract

Using a unique primary dataset for the UK, we estimate the effect of individual teachers on student outcomes, and the variability in teacher quality. This links 7,305 pupils to the individual teachers who taught them, in each of their compulsory subjects in the high‐stakes exams at age 16. We use point‐in‐time fixed effects and prior attainment to control for pupil heterogeneity. We find considerable variability in teacher effectiveness, a little higher than the estimates found in the few US studies. We also corroborate recent findings that observed teachers’ characteristics explain very little of the differences in estimated teacher effectiveness.

JEL Classification: I20

Suggested Citation

Slater, Helen and Davies, Neil M. and Burgess, Simon, Do Teachers Matter? Measuring the Variation in Teacher Effectiveness in England (October 2012). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 74, Issue 5, pp. 629-645, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2145131 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00666.x

Helen Slater (Contact Author)

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Neil M. Davies

University of Bristol ( email )

Simon Burgess

University of Bristol - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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