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Document Number: 6247

Principals as Agents: Subjective Performance Measurement in Education - This paper compares subjective principal assessments of teachers to the traditional determinants of teacher compensation education and experience and another compensation mechanism value-added measures of teacher effectiveness based on student achievement gains. The paper finds that subjective principal assessments predict future student achievement better than teacher experience, education or actual compensation, though not as well as value-added teacher quality measures. The paper also finds principals' overall rating of a teacher to be a better predictor of future parent requests for that teacher than either teacher experience, education and current compensation or the teachers value-added achievement measure. (Brian A. Jacob and Lars Lefgren, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, June 2005)...

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