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"The Productivity Costs of Inefficient Hiring Practices: Evidence From Late Teacher Hiring"

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Teachers who are hired when the school year is in full swing are not as effective as those hired before classes begin, a new study finds.

Brown University researchers analyzed data from an unnamed, 130,000-student urban district in the South from the 1999-2000 to 2009-2010 school years.

Of the 100 to 200 teachers who were hired each year after the first day of school, most went to schools that were lower-performing, served mostly African-American students, and had higher student-absenteeism rates. The late hires were more apt to be male and African-American, older, and to have entered the profession by an alternative-preparation route. They were less likely to have a master's degree or teaching experience.

The students with late-hire teachers paid a price: They fell two months behind their peers whose teachers were hired over the summer.

The study was published in the fall issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Vol. 36, Issue 07, Pages 4-5

Published in Print: October 5, 2016, as School Staffing
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