How Does School Accountability Affect Teachers? Evidence from New York City

73 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2018

Date Written: June 5, 2018

Abstract

Does holding schools accountable for student performance cause good teachers to leave low-performing schools? Using data from New York City, which assigns accountability grades to schools based on student achievement, I perform a regression discontinuity analysis and find evidence of the opposite effect. At the bottom end of the school grade distribution, I find that a lower accountability grade decreases teacher turnover and increases joining teachers’ quality. A likely channel is that accountability pressures induce increases in principal effort at lower-graded schools, especially among high-quality principals, and teachers value these changes. In contrast, at the top end of the school grade distribution, where accountability pressures are lower, low accountability grades may negatively impact joining teachers’ quality.

JEL Classification: I12

Suggested Citation

Dizon‐Ross, Rebecca, How Does School Accountability Affect Teachers? Evidence from New York City (June 5, 2018). Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics Working Paper No. 2018-36, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3191249 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3191249

Rebecca Dizon‐Ross (Contact Author)

University of Chicago ( email )

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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