A Foot in the Door: Exploring the Role of Student Teaching Assignments in Teachers’ Initial Job Placements

This working paper from the Center for Education Data and Research presents findings about the teacher hiring process from a study analyzing data from Washington state on prospective teachers and student teaching assignments. The study found that the location of student teaching assignments is predictive of first teaching positions, and that more qualified student teachers tend to take student teaching assignments in more advantaged districts, which could impact the inequitable distribution of highly effective teachers.

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