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General Equilibrium Effects of Recruiting High-Performing Teachers for School Turnaround: Evidence from Tennessee

Many districts and states have begun implementing incentives to attract high-performing teachers to low-performing schools.  Previous research has found that these incentives are effective.  However, effects on the schools and students these teachers leave behind has not been examined.  This study focuses on the general equilibrium effects of recruiting effective teachers to Tennessee’s Innovation Zone (iZone) schools, one of the most successful turnaround initiatives in the nation (Zimmer, Henry, & Kho, 2017).  While there is some variation in the effects of losing these teachers, we find they range between -0.04 and -0.12 standard deviations in student test score gains.  However, an estimate including both these negative effects and the positive effects in iZone schools yields overall net positive effects.

Keywords
Teacher Turnover, General Equilibrium, Teacher Incentives, School Turnaround
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/7nj2-3219

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Kho, Adam, Gary T. Henry, Ron Zimmer, and Lam Pham. (). General Equilibrium Effects of Recruiting High-Performing Teachers for School Turnaround: Evidence from Tennessee. (EdWorkingPaper: -64). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/7nj2-3219

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