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Jonah E. Rockoff, PhD Biography

Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“One method [of measuring teacher quality] is to evaluate teachers based on their impacts on students’ test scores, commonly termed the ‘value-added’ (VA) approach. A teacher’s value-added is defined as the average test-score gain for his or her students, adjusted for differences across classrooms in student characteristics such as prior scores. School districts from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles have begun to use VA to evaluate teachers. Proponents argue that using VA can improve student achievement… while critics argue that test score gains are poor proxies for a teacher’s true quality…

We find that students assigned to higher VA teachers are more successful in many dimensions. They are more likely to attend college, earn higher salaries, live in better neighborhoods, and save more for retirement. They are also less likely to have children as teenagers.”

Cowritten with Raj Chetty and John N. Friedman, “The Long-Term Impacts of Teachers: Teacher Value-Added and Student Outcomes in Adulthood [Executive Summary]” Harvard University Research Computing Group website, Dec. 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Faculty Research Fellow, Economics of Education and Public Economics Programs, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Sidney Taurel Associate Professor of Business, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, 2010-present (Associate Professor, 2008-2009, Assistant Professor, 2004-2007)
  • Research Collaborator, National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)
  • Referee, Institute of Education Sciences, National Science Foundation and Smith Richardson Foundation
  • Reviewer, American Economic Review, Econometrica, Economics of Education Review, Education Next, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Education Finance and Policy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and other journals
  • Research Advisor, New York State Regents Task Force on Teacher and Principal Effectiveness
  • Advisor, Schoolnet Inc.
  • Member, US Department of Education Technical Working Group on the Teacher Quality Distribution Study by Mathematica Inc.
  • Member, Teach For America Research Advisory Panel
  • Member, American Enterprise Institute Future of American Education Working Group
  • Author, The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution
  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University, 2004
  • BA, Economics, Amherst College, 1997
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