Recruitment Best Practices for Public School Administrators: An Emphasis on the Use of Predictive Assessments as a Hiring Tool

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Strategic HR Management

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies


Strategic HR Management


Amy Kelsall


assessment; education; hiring; principal; school administrator


The need for effective school administrators is great, and the hiring process for them is crucial to identifying quality candidates. To determine if the use of predictive assessment tools during hiring is beneficial to making sound decisions, the author interviewed representatives of seven major school districts in Colorado to determine their opinions on school administrator hiring best practices and the use of predictive assessments in that process. Interviews revealed that there was general agreement amongst districts regarding best practices for posting, screening, interviewing, and decision-making. However, the use of predictive assessments was neither common nor regarded as being of particular benefit to finding quality administrators. A best practice guide for hiring school administrators was developed based on this information.

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