I hope you Know This Will Go On Your Permanent Record

About a year ago I applied online  to one of the wealthiest school districts around. After filling out the usual work history and essay questions, I was asked to complete a timed Teacher Style Profile Builder. It was late at night and I thought it was an interesting twist on the application process. I assumed there were no right answers, since different types of teaching often demand a different set of skills. I was wrong. I went ahead and quickly completed the multiple choice questions, most dealing with hypothetical situations.

Now, a year later, I started filling out an online application for another desirable district. The Teacher Style Profile popped up again. This time I thought I should investigate a little before completing the questions. Possibly the questions favored a particular approach or philosophy. A quick search revealed very little information about the actual content about the questions, but several other teachers seeking employment also had some anxiety about it. One conservative teacher thought the essay questions and profile reflected a liberal, multicultural bias. A few more wondered why they couldn’t see the results. I searched further and found the Style Profiler’s purpose is to screen the hundreds of applications received by districts in order to select about 45, saving the district time and money. The district I had applied to apparently had over 3,000 applications on file. Individuals whose responses matched those of the district’s best teachers would make the cut and be considered for an interview.

Armed with this new knowledge, I went back to take the Profile and complete my application for the second district, paying a bit more attention to my choices. Unfortunately, a message popped up saying that my previous results were on file, and would be for two years. If I didn’t want to share the results with the district, I would have to contact them directly, since I wasn’t allowed to retake the profle.

You can find out more about the dreaded Profile Builder at:

http://www.venturesforexcellence.com/about/news_article?article_id=1231

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May 8, 2011. Education, mediocre teacher, teacher pre-screening.

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