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OK Boomer: Generational Differences in Teacher Quality

We document that recent generations of elementary school teachers are significantly more effective in raising student test scores than those from earlier generations. Measuring teachers’ value-added for Black and white students separately, the improvements in teaching for Black students are significantly larger than those seen for white students. The race-specific improvements in teacher quality are driven by white teachers. Analyses of mechanisms suggest that changing teachers’ biases may be one potential channel. Our results suggest reason for optimism since these teacher quality differences should lead to improved student learning and a narrowing of the Black-white test score gap over time.

value-added, education and inequality
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Nguyen, Nhu, Ben Ost, and Javaeria Qureshi. (). OK Boomer: Generational Differences in Teacher Quality. (EdWorkingPaper: 23-831). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

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