Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2012 Kelsey J. Gross
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.
Gross, Kelsey J., "The Impact of a Math or Science Background on K-12 Teacher Earnings" (2012). CMC Senior Theses. 510.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.