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ERIC Number: ED558094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
It's Selective, but Is It Effective? Exploring the Predictive Validity of Teacher Selection Tools. CEDR Brief. Policy Brief No. 2014-­9
Goldhaber, Dan; Grout, Cyrus; Huntington-Klein, Nick
Center for Education Data & Research
Evidence suggests teacher hiring in public schools is ad-hoc and often does not result in good selection amongst applicants. Some districts use structured selection instruments in the hiring process, but we know little about the efficacy of such tools. In this paper we evaluate the ability of applicant selection tools used by the Spokane Public Schools (SPS) to predict three outcomes: measures of teachers' value-added contributions to student learning, teacher absence behavior, and attrition rates. We observe all applicants to the district, both those who are and who are not hired. We find that the screening instruments predict teacher value-added in student achievement and teacher attrition, but not teacher absences. [This policy brief is based on CEDR Working Paper No. 2014-9.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED); National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) at American Institutes for Research
Authoring Institution: Center for Education Data & Research (CEDR)
Identifiers - Location: Washington
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305C130030|R305A060018