Monday, May 07, 2012

Matthew Ronfeldt's research on the effects of teacher turnover cited in the Huffington Post

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In an April 23, 2012, blog post on the Huffington Post,  Matthew Ronfeldt's research on the effects of teacher turnover in New York City schools is referenced as evidence for the need to better support existing teachers.

A new study produced jointly by researchers at the University of Michigan, Stanford, and the University of Virginia indicates that student achievement is negatively impacted by high teacher turnover. The study looked at students in New York City schools and found that student achievement in math and English in grades 4 - 6 was negatively impacted by high teacher turnover. This effect was particularly strong in schools with more low-performing and African American students. Even when a student's own teacher did not leave, the churn of teacher turnover negatively impacted overall achievement across the school.

Matthew Ronfeldt is an assistant professor.

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