The positive effect of teacher experience on student achievement and motivation in middle school

Last week I posted a Dutch report on the effect of experience on learning. I received some remarks via twitter that this study didn’t take the quality of the teachers into account because the researchers only looked at the impact. Although the researchers noted this them selves, the critique made a correct point. This longitudinal study by Ladd & Sorensen for The National Center For Analysis Of Longitudinal Data In Education Research however does look at the quality of the individual teacher while looking at the effect of experience.

And the conclusion is clear:

Once we control statistically for the quality of individual teachers by the use of teacher fixed effects, we find large returns to experience for middle school teachers in the form both of higher test scores and improvements in student behavior, with the clearest behavioral effects emerging for reductions in student absenteeism. Moreover these returns extend well beyond the first few years of teaching.

Abstract of the research:

We use rich longitudinally matched administrative data on students and teachers in North Carolina to examine the patterns of differential effectiveness by teachers’ years of experience.
The paper contributes to the literature by focusing on middle school teachers and by extending the analysis to student outcomes beyond test scores. Once we control statistically for the quality of individual teachers by the use of teacher fixed effects, we find large returns to experience for middle school teachers in the form both of higher test scores and improvements in student behavior, with the clearest behavioral effects emerging for reductions in student absenteeism. Moreover these returns extend well beyond the first few years of teaching. The paper contributes to policy debates by documenting that teachers can and do learn on the job.

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  1. Pingback: Speaking from Experience: A Series | Ready for the New World

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