Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Kay A. Keiser


This study focused on hiring the best teachers to determine if the use of commercially available teacher selection mechanisms resulted in hiring teachers having a greater impact on reading achievement. There is substantial research related to the use of interviews for teacher selection (Mertz, 2010). However, limited research exists reviewing commercial interview protocols with improvement of academic achievement (District Administration, 2015). There was a significant main effect comparing reading achievement outcomes between Title 1 and Non-Title 1 building and there was a significant relationship between applicant screeners. The district has effective selection mechanisms, inclusive of the HUMANeX protocols; however, the mechanisms did not identify teachers with higher level of teacher efficacy to predict reading achievement. Teacher selection must be based on more than a single quantitative score deduced from a list of structured interview questions.


A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate College of the University of Nebraska in Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education. Copyright 2016 Troy Juracek.

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