Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Listening to American Teachers

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Listening to American Teachers

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Did any American teachers escape from pollsters during this school year? This school year saw many efforts to add teacher voices to the continuing debate about improving K-12 education. We sample just a few here.

Primary Sources: America's Teachers on America's Schools

Sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic Inc.

74% said clearer standards would have a strong or very strong effect on student achievement; 4% said clearer standards would have no effect.

60% said common standards would have a strong or very strong effect on student achievement; 10% said common standards would have no effect.

92% said ongoing in-classroom assessments were either very important or absolutely essential in measuring student performance.

27% said state-required standardized tests were either very important or absolutely essential in measuring student performance.

MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Collaborating for Student Success

Sponsored by the MetLife Foundation.

67% of teachers and 78% of principals said increased collaboration among teachers and school leaders would have a major effect on improving student achievement.

56% of teachers and 49% of principals said some teachers in their school have a hybrid teaching role; 37% of teachers are interested in such a hybrid role. …

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