The Effect of Court-Ordered Hiring Guidelines on Teacher Composition and Student Achievement

Cynthia (CC) DuBois, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

NBER Working Paper No. 24111
Issued in December 2017
NBER Program(s):Children, Economics of Education

This paper examines the effect of a court-ordered hiring guidelines intended to increase the share of black teachers employed in a school district in Louisiana. We find that the court-ordered hiring policy significantly increased the share of teachers who are black in the district relative to the rest of the state, and to a matched synthetic control sample. The policy also increased the share of new teachers hired who are black, and decreased the student-teacher representation gap, defined as the difference in enrollment share black among students and teachers in a district. There were increases in the share of black teachers observed in both predominately white and predominately black schools in the district. The policy had no measurable impacts—either positive or negative—on district-level measures of student achievement.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w24111

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