Implications of Teacher Tenure on Teacher Quality and Student Performance in North Carolina
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This paper examines the relationship between teacher tenure and teacher quality in North Carolina, measured via student performance on the state End of Grade (EOG) standardized tests. After presenting a comprehensive synopsis of the current teacher tenure policy, I use data from the North Carolina Education Research Data Center (NCERDC) to compare demonstrated teacher effectiveness across the tenure bubble, defined as one to eight years of teaching experience within the same district. Ultimately, I find that there is a significant jump in average teacher quality at the tenure cutoff, suggesting that tenure policy is effective in retaining high quality teachers while removing those who are ineffective.
CitationFenster, Dana (2014). Implications of Teacher Tenure on Teacher Quality and Student Performance in North Carolina. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/8434.
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