Bobby Chung
Jian Zou

The debate on the stringency of licensure exams for prospective public school teachers is on-going, including the recent controversial roll-out of the educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). We leverage the quasi-experimental setting of different adoption timing by states and analyze multiple data sources containing a national sample of prospective teachers and students of new teachers in the US. With extensive controls of concurrent policies, we find that the edTPA reduced prospective teachers in undergraduate programs, less-selective and minority-concentrated universities. Contrary to the policy intention, we do not find evidence that edTPA increased student test score

Publication Type
Working Paper
File Description
Third version, April 15, 2023
JEL Codes
I28: Education: Government Policy
J20: Demand and Supply of Labor: General
J44: Professional Labor Markets; Occupational Licensing
K31: Labor Law
L51: Economics of Regulation
occupational licensing
education policy
teacher licensing