Teacher Effects on Complex Cognitive Skills and Social-Emotional Competencies

Authors
Matthew Kraft
Year of publication
2019
Publication
The Journal of Human Resources
Volume/Issue
53(4)
Pages
1-36

I exploit the random assignment of class rosters in the MET Project to estimate teacher effects on students’ performance on complex open-ended tasks in math and reading, as well as their growth mindset, grit, and effort in class. I find large teacher effects across this expanded set of outcomes, but weak relationships between these effects and performance measures used in current teacher evaluation systems including value-added to state standardized tests. These findings suggest teacher effectiveness is multidimensional, and high-stakes evaluation decisions are only weakly informed by the degree to which teachers are developing students’ complex cognitive skills and social-emotional competencies.

Suggested Citation:

Kraft, M. (2019). Teacher Effects on Complex Cognitive Skills and Social-Emotional Competencies. The Journal of Human Resources, 53(4), 1-36