Panel: The Effects of State and District Human Resource Policies and Practices on Educator Effectiveness

Friday, November 9, 2018: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
8212 - Lobby Level (Marriott Wardman Park)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chairs:  Steven Rivkin, University of Illinois, Chicago; University of Texas, Dallas
Discussants:  Julie Berry Cullen, University of California, San Diego

Hiring Reforms to Improve Worker Productivity, Diversity and Retention: Evidence from Teachers
Matthew Kraft1, John Papay1, Leigh Wedenoja1 and Nathan Jones2, (1)Brown University, (2)Boston University

Getting Effective Educators in Schools Serving Disadvantaged Students
Andrew Morgan1, Minh Thac Nguyen1, Eric Hanushek2, Ben Ost1 and Steven Rivkin1, (1)University of Illinois, Chicago, (2)Stanford University

A Study of the Chicago Public Schools Principal Residency Program
Minh Thac Nguyen1, Steven Rivkin1, Lauren Sartain2 and Jeffrey Schiman3, (1)University of Illinois, Chicago, (2)University of Chicago, (3)Georgia Southern University

In this session we examine the effects of human resource policies and practices on the effectiveness of educators. Consistent with the theme of the 2018 APPAM fall conference, each paper leverages administrative data to study policies and practices designed to improve productivity of educators in several settings across the United States. The first paper estimates the causal impact of teacher hiring reforms in Boston Public Schools on several outcomes including timing of new hires, teacher diversity, teacher effectiveness, and teacher turnover. The second paper describes the career paths and school achievement of principal residency preparation program participants in the Chicago Public Schools to provide information about the return on the district investment in this training. The third paper studies the effect of a program that provides large financial incentives for effective principals and teachers to move to low performing schools in Dallas ISD. Finally, the last paper estimates the variance of superintendent quality across Texas public schools and its relationship to principal principal salary increases and retention and district average academic achievement. Both the chair and discussant of this session have done research on educator effectiveness and human resource policies, which will ensure both specific feedback to the paper presenters as well as a fruitful, general discussion about the innovative HR policies and practices at public schools. 

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