Few things in K-12 education matter as much as making sure you have the right teachers at the front of your classrooms.
That’s why PeopleAdmin is excited to welcome a first-of-its-kind screening and hiring tool to our talent management suite.
Thanks to our recent partnership with TeacherMatch, PeopleAdmin is empowering principals and hiring teams to use data and analytics — alongside their own observations and instincts — to hire today’s best teachers.
Our revolutionary Educators Professional Inventory (EPI) is a data-driven hiring tool that helps schools and districts identify, hire and develop the most effective K-12 educators. Especially now, with so many schools struggling with teacher shortages, districts all across the U.S. are turning to the EPI to maximize their investment in talent and human resources through the science of predictive analytics.
“The EPI was something that we felt could be used as an analytical tool to help us limit the pool and at least give us a starting point to narrow down very broad fields of candidates to the strongest candidates available,” said Craig Bertsch, Ed.D., assistant superintendent, HR, for Fullerton School District in California.
What’s more, school leaders say, the EPI helps districts keep their eye on the larger goal of improving student achievement as they go about the everyday task of filling vacant positions.
“The EPI tool will enable us to better vet our candidates and put the best candidates where they’re needed to provide our students with the best possible education,” said Rick Morton, systems analyst, with Brevard County Schools in Florida.
Below are answers to common questions regarding the research, data and technology behind the EPI:
1. How should the data and information from the EPI be used?
The EPI was created by former educators and school leaders who understand the importance of balancing quantitative and qualitative criteria during the hiring process. Credentials, interviews, sample lessons, etc., all offer valuable insight into whether a candidate would be a strong hire. The EPI offers more objective information and data points to complement these insights and inform hiring decisions. Principals and hiring teams are encouraged to use the EPI data in addition to their observations and instincts in hiring the best teachers.
2. What research is behind the EPI?
The EPI was formed in partnership with a proprietary research consortium that includes a group of renowned universities and researchers. They conducted studies of diverse school districts across the U.S. and developed what is now the most significant study associating actual student growth with specific teachers. The studies found that it is possible to identify teachers likely to deliver academic growth using four key success indicators, which include teaching skills, attitudinal factors, cognitive ability, and qualifications.
3. How does the EPI predict teacher impact on student academic growth?
Drawing from decades of educational research and proprietary studies, the EPI items were developed in collaboration with experts in psychometrics, predictive modeling and educational assessments. Using the key success indicators, the EPI gathers information about a candidate’s strengths and areas for improvement to predict the likelihood that they will positively impact student academic growth. Additionally, the EPI items regularly go through rigorous validation processes to maintain optimal health and accuracy.
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