AUSTIN, Texas— Nov. 8, 2016 — PeopleAdmin, a leader in talent management software for education, today released its K-12 Education TalentIndex, offering key insights into the talent struggles schools and districts face daily — from attracting and hiring top educators at a time of budget constraints and teacher shortages to maximizing teaching effectiveness in the classroom.
Solving for these and other common challenges, the report suggests, is often a matter of implementing available technology and data- and research-based best practices.
“The TalentIndex shows us that now, more than ever, technology, talent management expertise and data are combining to play a pivotal role in our nation’s schools, as they strive to prepare students for a changing, globalized world,” said Kermit Randa, CEO of PeopleAdmin. “It still all comes down to having great teachers in the classroom.”
New tools and proven strategies, Randa said, can help human resource professionals and school leaders streamline processes and focus on evolving parts of the talent management life cycle — including assessing teacher candidates, onboarding them successfully, and tailoring their professional development.
The TalentIndex: A Comprehensive Report of K-12 Benchmarks, compiles dozens of talent management data points on primary and secondary education growth, trends and challenges through surveys of K-12 education professionals. PeopleAdmin also used some of its own system data from customers.
The 28-page K-12 TalentIndex is available for download here.
“It’s nice to have some information that’s comparative as we look to technology to become more efficient,” said Renee Hyde, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of human resources at Papillion La Vista Community Schools in Nebraska. “TalentIndex data offers unique and useful information to help us make decisions moving forward.”
Today’s release of the K-12 TalentIndex follows PeopleAdmin’s September release of its Higher Education TalentIndex. PeopleAdmin is the only talent management company to serve the entire K-20 community.
The company serves more than 5,000 schools, school districts, colleges and universities, and its software has helped educational institutions hire, develop and manage nearly 50 percent of all educators and administrators, who in turn impact the lives of more than half of all students in the U.S. and Canada.
“By collecting and analyzing data from kindergarten through higher education, PeopleAdmin is helping the education community at all levels better understand how to identify key talent strategies that support student achievement now and in the future,” Randa said.
Among the findings in the K-12 TalentIndex is that application hiring data indicates an overall decline in the number of applications per job posting, compared to past years … suggesting that the teacher shortage is here for most districts, or at least coming soon.
From 2014 to 2016, K-12 job posting volume increased 23 percent, but the average number of applications per job posting decreased 13 percent.