August 2023

IZA DP No. 16398: When Effective Teacher Training Falls Short in the Classroom: Evidence from an Experiment in Primary Schools

Suzanne Bellue, Adrien Bouguen, Marc Gurgand, Valerie Munier, André Tricot

While in-service teacher training programs are designed to enhance the performance of several cohorts of students, there is little evidence on the persistence of their effects. We present the two-year results of a large-scale, randomized study of an intensive in-service teacher training program in France: during and after implementation. Our estimates highlight the short-run effectiveness of the training program; it successfully improves students' outcomes but only during the implementation year. A detailed analysis of teachers' outcomes indicates that teachers changed their pedagogical vision and practices but struggled to apply acquired skills to contents not directly covered in the training.