Study Group

National Board Certification

This project will update the existing literature on the effectiveness of National Board certificated teachers (NBCT) and the validity of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) assessment using a new sample of teachers. Using data on the assessment results of individual teacher applicants, we analyze the differences in effectiveness between NBCTs and non-NBCTs, and between successful and unsuccessful applicants. We also explore the relationship between the NBPTS assessment and teacher value-added.

This study also looks at a policy in Washington State that provides additional compensation to NBCTs who work in high-poverty schools. We examine the impact of this incentive on student achievement and teacher staffing.

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Cowan, J. and Goldhaber, D. (2015). Do Bonuses Affect Teacher Staffing and Student Achievement in High-Poverty Schools? Evidence from an Incentive for National Board Certified Teachers in Washington State. CEDR Working Paper 2015-4. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
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Cowan, J. and Goldhaber, D. (2015). National Board Certification and Teacher Effectiveness: Evidence from Washington State. CEDR Working Paper 2015-3. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

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OUR PUBLICATIONS

TEACHER RECRUITMENT & SELECTION

A long-standing researcher-practitioner partnership between CEDR and Spokane Public Schools (SPS) has connected data collected during the teacher hiring process in SPS to later teacher outcomes in SPS and other district in Washington

SCHOOL RESOURCES &
EQUITY

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

POSTSECONDARY
EDUCATION

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER PREPARATION & LICENSURE

CEDR projects including the Teacher Education Learning Collaborative (TELC; www.telc.us), the Improving Student Teaching Initiative (ISTI), and others have investigated the connections between specific teacher preparation experiences and measures collected during teacher licensure and later outcomes for teacher candidates.

SPECIAL EDUCATION &
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

CEDR has participated in several projects related to the participation of students with disabilities in career and technical education (CTE) and the extent to which this participation predicts later outcomes

TEACHER LABOR
MARKETS 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN EDUCATION SYSTEMS & LABOR MARKET OUTCOMES

CEDR projects have investigated the connections between school resources (e.g., textbook adoption) and students' educational trajectories and outcomes.

CEDR has studied processes and outcomes in the teacher labor market like teacher collective bargaining agreements, teacher quality gaps, and teacher layoffs and their connections to student achievement

TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS & EFFECTIVENESS

CEDR projects have explored the impact of programs like Washington's College Bound Scholarship program and students' postsecondary outcomes.

TEACHER
PENSIONS

CEDR researchers have studied the teacher pension system in Washington and other states and investigated the connections between pensions systems and teachers' career paths and effectiveness.