Teacher Sorting and the Plight of Urban Schools: A Descriptive Analysis

@article{Lankford2002TeacherSA,
  title={Teacher Sorting and the Plight of Urban Schools: A Descriptive Analysis},
  author={Hamilton Lankford and Susanna Loeb and James Humphrey Wyckoff},
  journal={Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis},
  year={2002},
  volume={24},
  pages={37 - 62}
}
This paper uses rich new data on New York State teachers to: determine how much variation in the average attributes of teachers exists across schools, identify schools that have the least-qualified teachers, assess whether the distribution has changed over time, and determine how the distribution of teachers is impacted by attrition and transfer, as well as by the job matches between teachers and schools at the start of careers. Our results show striking differences in the qualifications of… 

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