Graduation Year

Fall 2012

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Janet Smith

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Previous studies have determined that teachers with strong subject backgrounds in math or science have a positive effect on student achievement. Using data from the American Community Surveys, I find that nation-wide, teachers who studied math or science in their undergraduate degrees receive a roughly 1% increase in salary over teachers that studied other subjects. I find that private schools do not reward teachers with a math or science background more than public schools do, but that medium-poor states as a group reward teachers with math or science backgrounds while richer states do not.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.