Teacher Selection: School Principal Hiring Practices, Level of Training, and Confidence

Laurie A. Kimbrel


Student success is dependent on teacher quality; therefore, principals must hire the most effective teachers in order to ensure continuous school improvement. This study investigated teacher hiring processes to determine the extent to which principals use research-based practices that are most likely to identify high-quality teachers. This study also sought information about the type of personnel selection training principals receive and confidence of the principal in their ability to hire high-quality teachers. Data were gathered using a survey e-mailed to principals in ten states in the southern and western regions of the United States. Analysis indicated that principals favor traditional interviews as the primary teacher selection instrument and are unlikely to utilize predictive screening tools or research-based structured interviews. In most cases, principals do not make final hiring decisions based on measurable data or research-based qualities known to be predictive of high teacher performance. Most principals reported minimal teacher selection training through one-time workshops and graduate courses and yet possess a high degree of confidence in their skill to hire the best teachers.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ire.v7i2.15332


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