Districts are now screening would-be teachers with online assessments that claim to tell who’d be the best fit. Gallup’s Teacher Insight is the industry leader, reports Education Week. For years, districts have hired Gallup to do in-person or phone interviews with prospective teachers. Online screening is cheaper and faster, and makes it possible to consider more candidates.
The Haberman Educational Foundation offers an online test to look for teachers who’d do well in urban schools.
Kenexa Technology, which designs job-aptitude tests for private employers, worked with the Wake County, N.C., district to develop a profile of a successful teacher.
Kenexa formed focus groups of teachers and school officials to draw up a list of the characteristics, beliefs, approaches, and behavior patterns most needed by the Wake County district’s teachers. The company then worked to find multiple-choice questions that would show how closely an individual matched that “success profile.”
Some of the items direct test-takers to rate themselves; others ask them to select the best answer for a school problem. For instance, a question might ask about a situation in which one member of a team working on a curriculum project isn’t pulling his or her weight. Another might inquire how co-workers would be likely to describe the test-taker.
Applicants who fit the profile are likely to get a human-to-human interview.