Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from Dc Public Schools

75 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016  

Brian A. Jacob

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

Jonah E. Rockoff

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Eric S. Taylor

Harvard University - Graduate School of Education

Ben Lindy

Teach For America

Rachel Rosen

MDRC

Date Written: March 2016

Abstract

Selecting more effective teachers among job applicants during the hiring process could be a highly cost-effective means of improving educational quality, but there is little research that links information gathered during the hiring process to subsequent teacher performance. We study the relationship among applicant characteristics, hiring outcomes, and teacher performance in the Washington DC Public Schools (DCPS). We take advantage of detailed data on a multi-stage application process, which includes written assessments, a personal interview, and sample lessons, as well as the annual evaluations of all DCPS teachers, based on multiple criteria. We identify a number of background characteristics (e.g., undergraduate GPA) as well as screening measures (e.g., applicant performance on a mock teaching lesson) that strongly predict teacher effectiveness. Interestingly, we find that these measures are only weakly, if at all, associated with the likelihood of being hired, suggesting considerable scope for improving teacher quality through the hiring process.

Institutional subscribers to the NBER working paper series, and residents of developing countries may download this paper without additional charge at www.nber.org.

Suggested Citation

Jacob, Brian A. and Rockoff, Jonah E. and Taylor, Eric S. and Lindy, Ben and Rosen, Rachel, Teacher Applicant Hiring and Teacher Performance: Evidence from Dc Public Schools (March 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22054. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2743053

Brian A. Jacob (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor ( email )

500 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States

Jonah E. Rockoff

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Eric S. Taylor

Harvard University - Graduate School of Education ( email )

6 Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Ben Lindy

Teach For America

Paper statistics

Downloads
24
Abstract Views
144