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Teachers in our Midst: Using Experienced School Staff to Solve Teacher Shortages

Teacher shortages are a persistent challenge in the United States. I evaluate the effectiveness of an innovative pilot program that allowed principals to hand-select experienced staff members and paraeducators already working in schools to lead classrooms. Pilot educators are predominantly Black or African American. Districts reported randomly assigning students to teachers, and my analysis cannot reject randomization. Controlling for demographics and baseline scores, I find that students assigned to these pilot teachers perform just as well as those assigned to traditionally licensed teachers on average and outperform their peers in math. My results point to an untapped resource of potential teachers and underscore the value of principals’ local knowledge to identify capable candidates for teaching positions.

Keywords
Teacher Workforce, Teacher Quality, Teacher Licensure, Alternative Certification
Education level
Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.26300/n1hz-f967

EdWorkingPaper suggested citation:

Laski, Mary E.. (). Teachers in our Midst: Using Experienced School Staff to Solve Teacher Shortages. (EdWorkingPaper: 24-965). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University: https://doi.org/10.26300/n1hz-f967

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