Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gates survey of teachers

This Gates Foundation-funded survey of teachers that was released earlier this week mostly got attention for teachers' answers regarding the Common Core. I found, though, something else that was perhaps more of note:
While 69 percent of respondents feel that teachers’ opinions are heard and valued in their schools, this number decreases dramatically at the district (32 percent), state (5 percent), and national (2 percent) levels. Of teachers who feel their voices are heard at the district, state, or national levels, 96 percent expressed satisfaction with their jobs; only 74 percent of teachers who feel they are not heard at all expressed job satisfaction.
(Full credit: ASCD pulled those stats from the report)
Next time you wonder why teachers are unhappy, wonder how often they're being meaningfully consulted and listened to.

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