The Efficiency Implications of Using Proportional Evaluations to Shape the Teaching Workforce

16 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2016

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Cory Koedel

University of Missouri - Economics

Jiaxi Li

University of Missouri at Columbia - Truman School of Public Affairs

Date Written: January 2016

Abstract

We examine the efficiency implications of imposing proportionality in teacher evaluation systems. Proportional evaluations force comparisons to be between equally circumstanced teachers. We contrast proportional evaluations with global evaluations, which compare teachers to each other regardless of teaching circumstance. We consider a policy where administrators use teacher ratings to help shape the workforce and define efficiency in terms of student achievement. Our analysis shows that proportionality can be imposed in teacher evaluation systems without efficiency costs under a wide range of evaluation and estimation conditions. Proportionality is efficiency enhancing in some cases. These findings are notable given that proportional evaluations offer a number of other policy benefits.

JEL Classification: I20, J48

Suggested Citation

Koedel, Cory and Li, Jiaxi, The Efficiency Implications of Using Proportional Evaluations to Shape the Teaching Workforce (January 2016). Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 47-62, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2716471 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/coep.12107

Cory Koedel (Contact Author)

University of Missouri - Economics ( email )

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Jiaxi Li

University of Missouri at Columbia - Truman School of Public Affairs ( email )

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Columbia, MO 65201
United States

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