What We’re Watching: Good Teachers Boost Students’ Future Pay

By Education Next 05/11/2012

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Harvard professor John Friedman talks with the Wall Street Journal about the study he did (with Raj Chetty and Jonah Rockoff) on the effects a high-value-added teacher can have on students’ future earnings.

A reader-friendly version of the study, “Great Teaching: Measuring its effects on students’ future earnings,” by Friedman, Chetty and Rockoff, appears in the Summer 2012 edition of Education Next.

Because the study generated a great deal of attention, Education Next asked four experts to comment on the study’s implications for public policy. Here are their responses:

Low-Performing Teachers Have High Costs – By Eric A. Hanushek

Profound Implications for State Policy – By Chris Cerf and Peter Shulman

More Evidence Would Be Welcome – By Dale Ballou

Implications for Policy Are Not So Clear – By Douglas Harris

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  • Jeffrey Miller says:

    Key data point from the Cerf and Shulman link:

    “.. and students assigned to such high value-added teachers are more likely to go to college, earn higher incomes, and less likely to be teenage mothers. On average, having such a teacher for one year raises a child’s cumulative lifetime income by $50,000 (equivalent to $9,000 in present value at age 12 with a 5% interest rate).”

    Over a LIFETIME. That’s all? I wonder, how many other variables might happen in a child’s life that might account for far more or less, income earnings?


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