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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|December 2011||Does Practice-Based Teacher Preparation Increase Student Achievement? Early Evidence from the Boston Teacher Residency|
with John P. Papay, Martin R. West, Thomas J. Kane: w17646
The Boston Teacher Residency is an innovative practice-based preparation program in which candidates work alongside a mentor teacher for a year before becoming a teacher of record in Boston Public Schools. We find that BTR graduates are more racially diverse than other BPS novices, more likely to teach math and science, and more likely to remain teaching in the district through year five. Initially, BTR graduates for whom value-added performance data are available are no more effective at raising student test scores than other novice teachers in English language arts and less effective in math. The effectiveness of BTR graduates in math improves rapidly over time, however, such that by their fourth and fifth years they out-perform veteran teachers. Simulations of the program's overall impa...
Published: John P. Papay, Martin R. West, Jon B. Fullerton, Thomas J. Kane (2012) “Does an Urban Teacher Residency Increase Student Achievement? Early Evidence From Boston” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Vol. 34, No. 4: pp. 413-434.
|December 2008||National Board Certification and Teacher Effectiveness: Evidence from a Random Assignment Experiment|
with Steven Cantrell, Thomas J. Kane, Douglas O. Staiger: w14608
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) assesses teaching practice based on videos and essays submitted by teachers. We compared the performance of classrooms of elementary students in Los Angeles randomly assigned to NBPTS applicants and to comparison teachers. We used information on whether each applicant achieved certification, along with information on each applicant's NBPTS scaled score and subscores, to test whether the NBPTS score was related to teacher impacts on student achievement. We found that students randomly assigned to highly-rated applicants performed better than students assigned to comparison teachers, while students assigned to poorly-rated applicants performed worse. Estimates were similar using data on pairs of teachers that were not randomly...