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Do Value-Added Estimates Identify Causal Effects of Teachers and Schools?

October 30, 2014, Thomas J. Kane

Tom Kane notes that the pace of education research has accelerated in recent years due to the availability of longitudinal data. He summarizes a large number of recent studies demonstrating that the value-added methodology used in most of that research provides valuable information on the causal effects of teachers and schools.

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