An examination of the effect of teacher salaries on student achievement in Florida public schools
Perkins, Casey Thomas.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Among school-based factors, existing evidence strongly supports the idea of teacher quality being the most influential variable impacting student achievement. Taking the implications of this knowledge and expanding them to a broader level of analysis suggests that the quality of the teacher workforce is the single most important factor in educational achievement across an entire student population. Building a quality teacher workforce entails capacity to recruit and retain qualified candidates at a sufficient level. Microeconomic theory dictates that the teaching profession is subject to the very same forces of supply and demand which govern all other labor markets, indicating that salary levels are a viable policy tool in efforts to recruit and retain qualified candidates, build a quality teacher workforce, and boost student achievement. After controlling for both teacher and student population characteristics across sixty-three Florida public school districts, multivariate OLS regression analysis confirms the hypothesis that teacher salary levels have a positive and statistically significant effect on student achievement. The empirical findings offer substantial insights to the aid of education policymakers in weighing cost effective methods for improving the performance of public education systems.
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