Date of Award

Fall 10-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Kevin Winslow

Second Advisor

Dr. Robyne Elder

Third Advisor

Dr. Curtis Cain


Research showed a correlation between highly effective teachers and student achievement. Studies also indicated school administrators play a vital role in overall student achievement by hiring quality teachers. The purpose of this study was to examine the hiring process used by a Suburban Midwest Public School from 2011 through 2016. During this time, the research site used a systematic approach using various screening tools, JobFit, TeacherFit, and Morgan & Associates Video Interviews, as a way to reduce the time spent on reviewing application materials while hiring highly effective teachers. JobFit, TeacherFit, and Morgan & Associates Video Interview Screener all claim to provide school districts with data, which is predictive of highly qualified and effective teacher candidates. However, there is little evidence to support the claim. This study analyzed the possible relationship of the screeners used in combination of each other; the study also looked at each screener independent from the others to measure the possible relationship of each screener to teacher evaluation scores. The study also used survey data from local administrators to analyze the use of the tools to identify high quality applicants. By completing a quantitative analysis of approximately 350 applicants hired during the five-year period using the pre-interview screener tools, the researcher determined JobFit, TeacherFit, and Morgan & Associates Video Interview scores are not strong predictors of teacher quality when used in isolation. Instead, the researcher suggests using these tools as part of a hiring system, which goes beyond screening. The interview process must also include a building level interview, teaching demonstration, a collaborative activity, and reference checks from a previous supervisor as a way to increase the probability of hiring a highly effective teacher.


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