Improve quality and hire teachers and principals up to 90 percent faster — new research explains how

Timing, as they say, is everything — especially for districts that are trying to compete for top candidates with slow or out-of-date hiring practices.

But armed with the right tools and data, district leaders can accurately identify and quickly hire the teacher and principal candidates who will deliver the most student growth … before they move on to other opportunities.

“Our research has shown that if it takes you more than 30 days to make an offer to a candidate, the odds of them rejecting that offer go up by 66 percent,” said Nick Montgomery, chief research officer for TalentEd. “Fortunately, when combining a high-quality prescreening instrument with a strong applicant tracking system, it’s possible to screen and hire up to 90 percent faster, while still improving quality.”

Using TalentEd’s K-12 talent management solutions, district leaders are already increasing the quantity and quality of candidates they attract, as well as the speed and accuracy with which they identify who will have the greatest impact on student achievement.

At Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) in San Diego, California, TalentEd Hire — the K-12 education-specific applicant tracking system — helps leaders more effectively attract and hire quality teachers.

“We began posting with Hire for K-6 teaching candidates and received over 400 applications,” said Kia Birdsong, human resources assistant at DMUSD. “The system really allows us to more effectively home in on who we want to interview out of those hundreds of applicants through filtering mechanisms.”

In addition to providing filter tools within Hire, TalentEd offers the Teacher Educators Professional Inventory (Teacher EPI)® — a first-of-its-kind, research-based teacher assessment tool that allows district leaders to accurately predict which teacher candidates will have the greatest impact on student learning.

“The EPI offers predictive data to support and improve hiring decisions,” said Dave Schuler, Ph.D., superintendent of High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and past president of the American School Superintendents Association. “We have found the EPI assessment to be incredibly insightful and essential in making informed decisions as part of our hiring process.”

Behind the scenes of the Teacher EPI is a research consortium of individuals and organizations with expertise in research, education, psychometrics, and predictive analytics, who worked together to pinpoint the exact skills and abilities that lead to the most student gains.

“We conducted research working with districts from 23 states in the U.S., and over 89,000 teachers across all 50 states and Canada have participated in our survey research to help us understand what it is that makes teachers more effective in the classroom,” Nick explained.

The research uncovered empirical evidence with high degrees of confidence that determined which teaching skills, cognitive abilities, qualifications and attitudinal factors contribute most to teacher effectiveness … but the consortium didn’t stop their work there.

Hiring Teachers and Principals

“While teachers are the most important components in terms of student performance, research shows that about 25 percent of a school’s improvement can be attributed to principals,” Nick said. “If you hire the wrong principal, you really are missing the cornerstone for school success.”

To help district leaders hire the most effective principals, the research consortium set out to determine how to predict which principal candidates will have the greatest impact on student learning.

“Our research included 500 participants — principals, assistant principals and others inside the school district,” Nick said. “We worked with 43 school districts across the U.S. and Canada.”

Using these data, TalentEd created the Principal Educators Professional Inventory (Principal EPI)® — a 120-question assessment that allows district leaders to predict the effectiveness of principal candidates.

With both the Teacher EPI and the recently released Principal EPI, candidates complete the assessment, then the scores are instantly available, sorted and rank-ordered with other applicants so it’s easy for district leaders to quickly identify who is most likely to have the greatest impact on student outcomes.

“We’re excited to get the Principal EPI out there in the school system and help district leaders hire stronger principals,” Nick said.

Trending topics


Related articles