How Teacher Turnover Harms Student Achievement

@article{Ronfeldt2011HowTT,
  title={How Teacher Turnover Harms Student Achievement},
  author={Matthew Ronfeldt and Susanna Loeb and James Humphrey Wyckoff},
  journal={American Educational Research Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={50},
  pages={36 - 4}
}
Researchers and policymakers often assume that teacher turnover harms student achievement, though recent studies suggest this may not be the case. Using a unique identification strategy that employs school-by-grade level turnover and two classes of fixed-effects models, this study estimates the effects of teacher turnover on over 850,000 New York City fourth- and fifth-grade student observations over 8 years. The results indicate that students in grade levels with higher turnover score lower in… 

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