The purpose of this study was to better understand how principals use teacher effectiveness measures to make talent management decisions such as hiring, placement, evaluation support, and leadership. Before we can target support to principals for using data for such decisions; however, we first need to know whether principals have ready access to data and in what form and what barriers may stand in the way of using these data. Our goal with this project was to understand these issues and then to propose a set of recommendations on developing processes, resources, and tools that can support principals in using measures of effective teaching and other data for strategic teacher human capital decisions.
The resources provided on the website align with the graphic below, which demonstrates several key dimensions of this work: The inclusion of multiple forms of teacher effectiveness data, used by principals to make a full spectrum of talent management decisions, supported by central / home office personnel.
The research conducted on this project centered around four streams of work we used to investigate principals’ use of data for decision-making for teacher talent management. This work, along with the associated goals and deliverables, are briefly outlined below: