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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Huntington-Klein, Nick – Education Finance and Policy, 2017
Despite their widespread use, there is little academic evidence on whether applicant selection instruments can improve teacher hiring. We examine the relationship between two screening instruments used by Spokane Public Schools to select classroom teachers and three teacher outcomes: value added, absences, and attrition. We observe all applicants…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Admission (School), Public Schools, Selection Tools
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Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
This paper examines the savings behavior of public school teachers who are enrolled in a hybrid pension plan that includes a defined contribution (DC) component. Few states have incorporated DC features into teacher pension systems and little is known about how providing teachers with greater control over deferred compensation might affect their…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Money Management, Teacher Salaries, Age Differences
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Kaikkonen, Darby – Education Finance and Policy, 2016
Performance-based funding (PBF) in higher education has grown in recent years as a means of institutional accountability and incentive for improving student success. Although most states have successfully implemented their respective systems, research on early funding models suggests a difficult fiscal environment can introduce tension between…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Higher Education, Accountability, Financial Problems
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Goldhaber, Dan; Theobald, Roddy – Education Finance and Policy, 2013
Over 2,000 teachers in the state of Washington received reduction in force (RIF) notices across the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. We link data on these RIF notices to an administrative data set that includes student, teacher, school, and district variables to determine the factors that predict the likelihood of a teacher receiving a RIF…
Descriptors: Job Layoff, Teachers, Prediction, Employment Level
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Corcoran, Sean P.; Stoddard, Christiana – Education Finance and Policy, 2011
The expansion of charter schools--publicly funded, yet in direct competition with traditional public schools--has emerged as a favored response to poor performance in the education sector. While a large and growing literature has sought to estimate the impact of these schools on student achievement, comparatively little is known about demand for…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, School Choice, Educational Policy, Elections
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DeArmond, Michael; Goldhaber, Dan – Education Finance and Policy, 2010
In this article we focus on two questions: How well do teachers understand their current pension plans, and what do they think about alternative plan structures? The data come from administrative records and a 2006 survey of teachers in Washington State. The results suggest that Washington's teachers are fairly knowledgeable about their pensions,…
Descriptors: Retirement Benefits, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Beginning Teachers