Do Disadvantaged Urban Schools Lose Their Best Teachers?

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Do Disadvantaged Urban Schools Lose Their Best Teachers?

Abstract

This research brief examines differences in teacher effectiveness by school transition status and school characteristics in a large urban school district in Texas, using estimates of teacher effectiveness based on teacher contributions to student learning outcomes across classrooms. This research finds little or no evidence to support the view that more effective teachers have higher exit probabilities. In fact, the study finds that teachers who exit are significantly less effective, on average, than those who stay.

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