Chris Correa cites a study that finds teachers with high ACT scores are more likely to quit teaching than lower-scoring teachers. A year after leaving teaching, the high-ability teachers aren’t earning more money, especially the women.
For neither men nor women do we find evidence that high-ability teachers are exiting for higher non-teaching earnings. We find evidence that job match quality may be a factor in female quits. A woman whose ACT score is above those of her school peers is more likely to quit, regardless of the absolute level of her own ACT score.
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