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National Center for Teacher Effectiveness Main Study

Resource Type
Dataset : administrative records data, observational data, survey data
  • Kane, Thomas (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Hill, Heather (Harvard Graduate School of Education)
  • Staiger, Douglas (Dartmouth College)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences
Free Keywords
education; educational assessment; educational background; educational environment; instruction; mathematics; student attitudes; teacher education; teacher effectiveness; teacher evaluation; teacher qualifications; teachers; teaching methods
  • Abstract

    The National Center for Teacher Effectiveness Main Study (NCTE) encompasses three years of data collection and observations of math instruction in approximately 50 schools and 300 classrooms. Data were collected from classroom observations, student assessments, and teacher surveys. Teacher background information includes number of years of experience, education, race, and gender. Student respondent demographic and household information includes race, gender, household makeup, free and reduced lunch status, English proficiency, number of books in the household, and number of rooms in the home.
  • Methods

    The data are not weighted and there are no weight variables present in the data.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT), Mathematical Quality of Instruction (MQI), Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), Tripod Student Survey
  • Methods

    Response Rates: 56 percent
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Class Observations
    • DS2: Mathematical Quality of Instruction
    • DS3: Student Questionnaire
    • DS4: Value Added Scores
    • DS5: Student Administrative Data
    • DS6: Teacher Background Questionnaire
    • DS7: Teacher Fall Questionnaire
    • DS8: Teacher Spring Questionnaire
    • DS9: Student Test Responses
    • DS10: Student Random Assignment Roster
Temporal Coverage
  • 2010 / 2013
    Time period: 2010--2013
  • 2010 / 2011
    Collection date: 2010--2011
  • 2011 / 2012
    Collection date: 2011--2012
  • 2012 / 2013
    Collection date: 2012--2013
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Elementary (4th and 5th Grade) math teachers and students. Smallest Geographic Unit: District
NCTE partnered with 4 public school districts, which were chosen due to prior established relationships. The study targeted 4th and 5th grade math teachers from all public schools where principals agreed to allow for the randomization of class rosters to teachers in year 3 of the study. Teachers were recruited from schools where there were at least 2 or more math teachers in either 4th or 5th grade.
Collection Mode
  • coded video observation, cognitive assessment test, mail questionnaire

    Additional information about the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness Main Study can be found at the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness Web site.

2016-08-08 Dataset 5 has been updated to exclude the administrative data for students from District 11 (n=2,327). In addition, the original codebook has been released as separate codebooks for each respective dataset.2016-02-10 Additional documentation, a PI-supplied technical report, has been added to the collection. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences (R305C090023).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36095 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36095.v2

Update Metadata: 2016-08-08 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2015-07-02

Kane, Thomas; Hill, Heather; Staiger, Douglas (2015): National Center for Teacher Effectiveness Main Study. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.