America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change

A project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

About Primary Sources


The goal of Primary Sources is to place teachers’ voices at the center of the conversation on education by sharing their thoughts and opinions with policymakers, the media, the field of education and the public.

This year’s report seeks to:

Methodology, in brief

The findings of the third wave of Primary Sources are based on a national online survey conducted by Harrison Group, a YouGov company, among 20,157 PreK–12th grade public school classroom teachers. The survey was conducted between July 1 and July 22, 2013. The data were weighted to ensure alignment with their actual proportions in the population according to grade(s) taught, teacher gender, years of teaching experience and geography. The full methodology is available when you download the full report.

The History of Primary Sources

Primary Sources: America's Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change is the continuation of an ongoing dialogue with America's teachers. The series of reports was first released in 2009, with findings from more than 40,000 teachers—the largest-ever survey of America's teachers—sharing views on U.S. schools. The second edition, fielded in 2011, took a deep look at the teaching profession and the view from the classroom. The significant size and scope of the study allows for analysis of teachers' views by grade taught, geography, community income level, years of experience, and more. The previous editions remain available for download.

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About Scholastic

Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at home.  The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health with vaccines and other lifesaving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

About Harrison Group

Harrison Group, now a part of YouGov, is a leading global market research and strategy firm with its largest U.S. office located in Waterbury, Connecticut.  The company’s cornerstone is providing sophisticated strategy, analytics, and survey and forecasting services. YouGov consists of a cohesive team of researchers, analysts, field experts, focus group facilitators, content-area experts, brand specialists and multivariate statisticians who deliver definitive results for many of the world’s most demanding clients.