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Title: "Does Teacher Testing Raise Teacher Quality? Evidence from State Certification Requirements"
Authors: Angrist, Joshua D.
Guryan, Jonathan
Issue Date: May-2007
Series/Report no.: 21
Abstract: Most US states require public school teachers to pass a standardized test for licensure. Although any such entry barrier is likely to raise wages, the theoretical effects on teacher quality are ambiguous. Testing places a floor on measured skills, but imposes costs, which may especially deter high-quality applicants. Moreover, testing may disqualify applicants that schools would otherwise hire. Estimates using Schools and Staffing Survey data suggest state-mandated testing is associated with increases in teacher wages, though we find no evidence of a corresponding increase in quality as measured by educational background. Testing also appears to reduce the fraction of new teachers who are Hispanic.
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