Mason, Patrick L. (2010): Assessing difference: examining Florida’s initial teacher preparation programs and exploring alternative specifications of value-added models.
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This study explores important statistical issues on the appropriate functional form and model specification of the value-added educational achievement equation. We also wish to estimate the causal effect of a teacher’s institution of academic preparation and pedagogical training. Standardized test scores, viz., the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT), provide a measure of pupil academic achievement. Accordingly, this study uses a value-added regression model to establish whether there is a “college preparation effect” on the average pupil’s FCAT reading and mathematics scores. We find that value-added regression analysis fails to uncover robust and substantive college preparation effects. Regardless of race (African American, Hispanic, or white), male or female status, or FCAT mathematics versus FCAT reading, pupil academic achievement does not vary substantively according to a teacher’s college of preparation. Further, the statistical significance of teacher program effects also depends on the functional form and specification of the value-added model.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Assessing difference: examining Florida’s initial teacher preparation programs and exploring alternative specifications of value-added models|
|Keywords:||teacher quality, value-added model, historically black colleges and universities, HBCU, teacher productivity, education and value-added|
|Subjects:||J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J45 - Public Sector Labor Markets
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J44 - Professional Labor Markets; Occupational Licensing
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J48 - Public Policy
|Depositing User:||Patrick L. Mason|
|Date Deposited:||06. Jan 2011 19:29|
|Last Modified:||15. Feb 2013 09:19|
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