This paper is the first that we know of to examine the applicant pool across teaching areas and among non-teaching school staff positions. In particular, we ask the following four research questions:
- How does the number of applications per position vary by teaching position, both overall and only for those applications from teachers with appropriate certifications?
- How does the number of candidates vary across position? More specifically, are the number of applications a good proxy for number of available candidates or do candidates respond to supply by applying to more positions when there are fewer spots available per candidate?
- How does the number of applications per non-teaching staff position, the number of candidates per position, and the number of applications per candidate vary across positions.
- Are the patterns evident in a state with complete data similarly evident in the incomplete data from other states?
These questions are addressed using a novel dataset. Information is drawn from a 2010 data extract from Schoolspring.com, the country’s largest online jobs clearinghouse for education positions at the K-12 level. This paper utilizes job postings, job applicant information and employer information from New England States, with a particular emphasis on findings from the State of Vermont where the data exist for every district in the State.