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Teacher turnover: does it matter for pupil achievement?

Gibbons, Stephen, Scrutinio, Vincenzo and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2018) Teacher turnover: does it matter for pupil achievement? CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1530). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Recent research has established that teachers matter for student achievements, albeit because of dimensions of ‘teacher quality’ that are largely unexplained. A less closely investigated issue is whether teacher turnover directly harms student academic achievement. In this paper, we examine whether teacher turnover affects academic achievement of 16 year old state secondary school students using a unique data set of linked students and teachers in England. Identification comes from either: a school fixed effects design which exploits year-on-year variation in turnover in different subject groups, within schools; or student fixed effect design that where the variation comes from the cross sectional variation in turnover in different subjects, in the same school, experienced by a student. Both methods give similar results, suggesting that a higher teacher entry rate reduces students’ test scores, albeit by small amounts.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J2 - Time Allocation, Work Behavior, and Employment Determination and Creation; Human Capital; Retirement > J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 13:23
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2019 00:53
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88681

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