Teacher peer observation and student test scores: Evidence from a field experiment in English secondary schools

Simon Burgess, Shenila Rawal, Eric S Taylor

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This paper reports on a field experiment in 82 high schools trialing a low-cost intervention in schools’ operations: teachers working in the same school observed and scored each other’s teaching. Students in treatment schools scored 0.07σ higher on math and English exams. Teachers were further randomly assigned to roles— observer and observee—and students of both types benefited, observers’ students perhaps more so. Doubling the number of observations produced no difference in student outcomes. Treatment effects were larger for otherwise low-performing teachers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number712997
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Nov 2020

Structured keywords

  • ECON CEPS Education
  • ECON Applied Economics

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