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1 SARAH FULLER HELEN LADD DUKE UNIVERSITY SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY School Based Accountability and the Distribution of Teacher Quality Across Grades in Elementary Schools

2 Purpose To determine how high quality teachers are distributed between upper and lower elementary school To determine the role of accountability in the distribution of high quality teachers

3 Motivations Concern that children in early elementary are receiving low quality teachers  Reduced effectiveness of investments in early childhood programs Accountability systems that test only upper grades incentivize principals to strategically place best teachers in the upper grades

4 Previous Literature Role of Teacher Preferences  Boyd, Lankford, Loeb, & Wyckoff, 2008 Bigger Role of Strategic Behavior by Principals  Cohen-Vogel, 2011  Chingos and West, 2011

5 Data North Carolina administrative data for the school years Accountability Programs  : No Accountability  : North Carolina ABCs  : No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

6 Measures of Teacher Quality Teacher Licensure Test Scores  Standardized by test type and year taken  Averaged across all tests taken by teacher Value-Added Index  Value-added calculated for upper grades (3-5)  Value-added regressed on qualifications including:  Less than 3 years experience  Licensure test score  College selectivity  Master’s degree  Lateral entry  Value-added index predicted for all teachers

7 N Licensure Test Score Value-Added Index PANEL A Lower13, Upper12, Within School Difference 1, PANEL B Lower9, Upper8, Within School Difference 1, Descriptive Results

8 Teacher Test Scores Over Time ABCs NCLB

9 Value-Added Index Over Time ABCs NCLB

10 School Level Regressions Outcomes  Lower Grade Shortfall:  Difference between lower grade average and upper grade average Independent Variables  Accountability Regimes  School Level Free/Reduced Price Lunch Quintiles

11 Shortfall by Free/Reduced Price Lunch Quintile Note: Empty bars are not statistically different from zero.

12 Shortfall by Accountability Regimes Note: Empty bars are not statistically significant.

13 Teacher Test Scores by Free/Reduced Lunch Quintile and Accountability Regime

14 Value-Added Index by Free/Reduced Lunch Quintile and Accountability Regime

15 Teacher Movement Moving teachers between grades is a potential mechanism for sorting by teacher quality Moving Up  Expect teachers with higher qualifications to be more likely to move up to the upper grades Moving Down  Expect teachers with higher qualifications to be less likely to move down to the lower grades

16 Movement of Teachers by Test Scores Moving Down Moving Up Teacher Test Score ** ***0.000 (0.001)(0.004) (0.001)(0.003) ABCs *** (0.004) (0.003) NCLB * (0.003) ABCs*Teacher Test Score (0.004) NCLB*Teacher Test Score ** (0.004) Observations 99, ,654 Note: Coefficients expressed as marginal effects calculated at the mean of the independent variables.

17 Movement of Teachers by Value-added Moving Down Reading Value-added ***-0.012*** (0.001)(0.003) Math Value-added ***-0.012*** (0.001)(0.003) ABCs ** (0.003) NCLB * (0.003) ABCs*Value-added (0.003) NCLB*Value-added * (0.003) Observations 97,618 97,647 Note: Coefficients expressed as marginal effects calculated at the mean of the independent variables.

18 Summary Consistent shortfall in teacher quality in the lower grades compared to the upper grades The introduction of NCLB increases shortfall in teacher quality in the lower grades  The increase is larger in the most disadvantaged schools


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