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Study Results from Vanderbilt University Update Understanding of Education Finance and Policy

May 21, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Education Letter -- Research findings on Education Finance and Policy are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Nashville, Tennessee, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This article presents findings from the first independent, third-party appraisal of the impact of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) on student test score gains in mathematics. TAP is a comprehensive school reform model designed to attract highly effective teachers, improve instructional effectiveness, and elevate student achievement."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Vanderbilt University, "We use a panel data set to estimate a TAP treatment effect by comparing student test score gains in mathematics in schools that participated in TAP with student test score gains in non-TAP schools. Ordinary least squares estimation reveals a positive TAP treatment effect on student test score gains in the elementary grades, with weaker but still positive point estimates in the secondary grades. When estimation methods control for selection bias, the positive effect remains at the elementary level, but most estimates for grades 6 through 10 turn negative."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Our findings are qualified by the lack of information on the fidelity of implementation across TAP schools and on variation in features of TAP programs at the school level."

For more information on this research see: Estimated Effect Of The Teacher Advancement Program On Student Test Score Gains. Education Finance and Policy, 2014;9(2):193-230. Education Finance and Policy can be contacted at: Mit Press, 55 Hayward Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA.

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M.G. Springer, Vanderbilt University, Natl Center Performance Incent, Peabody College, Nashville, TN 37203, United States. Additional authors for this research include D. Ballou and A. Peng.

Keywords for this news article include: Nashville, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America, Education Finance and Policy

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Source: Education Letter

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