Friday, September 11, 2009

Top-Notch Teachers Found to Affect Peers

From Education Week:
Teachers raise their games when the quality of their colleagues improves, according to a new studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Readeroffering some of the first evidence to document a “spillover effect” in teaching.

Authors C. Kirabo Jackson and Elias Bruegmann based their findings on an analysis of 11 years of data on North Carolina schoolchildren. The study is due to be published in October in American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, a peer-reviewed journal.

The authors and some independent experts said the study results are important, because they carry implications for school staffing practices and debates going on now at the national level over how to structure merit-pay plans for teachers.

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