Domestic Public Policy

Increasing Teacher Quality: Can We Learn from Successful Charter Schools?

Grant Year: 2017

Marcus Winters, Joshua Cowen, and Scott Imberman will examine whether liberalizing the rules that govern the hiring, assessment, and retention of teachers can help improve the performance of schools. Using nine years of data on all students in Massachusetts traditional public and charter schools, they will identify patterns of teacher hiring, retention, and mobility across different types of schools. This analysis will help reveal whether charter schools, which have more freedom to make their own choices in terms of staffing than traditional public schools, are better able to attract and retain high-quality teachers. The project’s findings will appear in a report and a series of articles and briefings.

Boston University Domestic Public Policy