I’m presenting a paper on teacher quality in the ANU economics faculty seminar tomorrow (Thursday), from 2:00 to 3:30 in the Faculty Suite in H.W. Arndt Building. The paper is entitled “Estimating Teacher Quality from Changes to Studentsâ€™ Test Scores”.
This is the third in a trio of papers on teacher quality. following on from two papers that I presented recently atÂ UNSW and Sydney University:
- How and why teacher aptitude has changed over time? (with Chris Ryan), and
- Does raising starting teacher pay boost the academic aptitude of new teachers?
Both of those papersÂ used academic aptitude as a proxy for teacher quality. This paper uses student test score gains as a proxy for teacher quality. Using data from every Queensland kid who sat grade 3, 5 and 7 tests over the last 5 years, I estimate how big the performance gaps areÂ between teachers, and how much of this difference can be explained by age, sex, experience, qualifications, etc.