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Petra M. Thiemann

Lund University
Department of Economics
P.O. Box 7080
22007 Lund
Sweden
Tel: +46 (0)46 222 8686

E-Mail: petra.thiemann@nek.lu.se
Institutional Affiliation: Lund University

NBER Working Papers and Publications

July 2020Teacher-to-Classroom Assignment and Student Achievement
with Bryan S. Graham, Geert Ridder, Gema Zamarro: w27543
We study the effects of counterfactual teacher-to-classroom assignments on average student achievement in elementary and middle schools in the US. We use the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) experiment to semiparametrically identify the average reallocation effects (AREs) of such assignments. Our findings suggest that changes in within-district teacher assignments could have appreciable effects on student achievement. Unlike policies which require hiring additional teachers (e.g., class-size reduction measures), or those aimed at changing the stock of teachers (e.g., VAM-guided teacher tenure policies), alternative teacher-to-classroom assignments are resource neutral; they raise student achievement through a more efficient deployment of existing teachers.

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