Welcome to our survey!

We asked more than 10,000 teachers to share their thoughts and opinions about the state of their classrooms, about school and teacher performance and the ways it should be evaluated, supported, and rewarded. By taking this survey, you join the discussion and can learn where your viewpoints match your colleagues and where they may differ. To begin, please fill out the form below.

Grade Level Taught
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Number of years teaching:
If you have worked as a teacher for 6 months to a year, please enter 1. If you have worked as a teacher for less than 6 months, please enter 0.


Subject taught
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Special education
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Each category takes less than 10 minutes to complete and we welcome you to return to this page to pick a new category once you've completed a set of questions.

The State of Our Classrooms

1) Overall, how would you rate student academic achievement at your school? By academic achievement we mean your students' preparedness for the next level of education.







2) In your view, what percentage of the students currently in your classes could leave high school prepared to succeed in a 2- or 4-year college?


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The State of Our Classrooms

3) Compared to when you started teaching in the school you currently teach, would you say there are more students, fewer students, or the same percentage of students who can be described in the following ways?


    More students Same amount of students Fewer students N/A
a) Arrive at school hungry  
b) Are homeless  
c) Struggle with reading  
d) Struggle with math  
e) Are prepared for challenging school work  
f) Want to attend college  
g) Have parents who participate in our school/classroom activities  
h) Need to use the latest technology in order to be engaged in the classroom  
i) Are living in poverty  
j) Are gifted and talented students  
k) Are English Language Learners (ELL)  
l) Have behavioral problems that interfere with teaching  



The State of Our Classrooms

4) Which of the following apply to you? Please select all that apply.





The State of Our Classrooms

5) In an average day, how many hours do you work...Please type in the number of hours and minutes per day you work at each.


1. During required school hours
hours   minutes

2. On school grounds, before or after required hours (not including extracurricular activities such as coaching, clubs, etc.)
hours   minutes

3. Outside of school (at home, library, etc.)
hours   minutes

4. Extracurricular activities such as coaching, clubs, etc.
hours   minutes



6) Which of the following populations of students do you currently have in your class(es)? Please select all that apply.




The State of Our Classrooms

7) We are interested in knowing the kinds of resources you need most when addressing the needs of different populations of students. We are specifically interested in two kinds of resources:

Tangible learning resources like relevant instructional materials including: workbooks, technology, software programs, textbooks and mixed media content in classroom

Teacher training in terms of best practices and strategies on differentiating teaching practices to best instruct and engage students

For each of the populations of students listed below, please say whether you feel you have what you need in terms of resources and training, or if you think you need more.

  TANGIBLE RESOURCES
(choose one for each group of students)
  TRAINING
(choose one for each group of students)
I have the tangible RESOURCES needed to address the needs of these students I need more tangible RESOURCES to address the needs of these students I do not teach this population I have the TRAINING/
professional development needed to address the needs of these students
I need more TRAINING to address for the needs of these students I do not teach this population
Special education students
Students living in poverty
Gifted and talented students
English Language Learners (ELL)
General Education Students
Students with Behavioral Issues


Raising Student Achievement

1) How much of an impact do you believe the following efforts would have on improving student academic achievement? By academic achievement, we mean students' preparedness for the next level of education.


    No impact at all A moderate impact A strong impact A very strong impact
a. Common standards across all states  
b. Common assessments across all states  
c. Up-to-date technology that is well-integrated into the classroom  
d. A longer school day  
e. A longer school year  
f. Monetary rewards for teachers based on their individual performance  
g. Monetary rewards for teachers based on the performance of the entire school  
h. Family involvement and support  
i. Learning experiences that provide students with 21st Century skills  
j. Effective and engaged principals and building-level leaders  
k. Teaching resources to help differentiate instruction  
l. High expectations for all students  
m. Professional development for teachers that is relevant to personal and school goals  
n. In-school teaching mentors/coaches for first 3 years of teaching  
o. In-school behavioral support from therapists and psychologists  
p. In-school career and college counselors  
q. Paraprofessionals/teacher assistants in the classroom  
r. Fewer students in each class  
s. Curriculum that goes beyond what is tested on standardized tests  
t. Curriculum that clearly lays out the scope and sequence of what should be taught  
u. The ability for teachers to receive real-time, technology-based feedback while teaching (audio coaching, videotape review of lessons, etc.)  



Raising Student Achievement

2) Have you heard of the Common Core State Standards Initiative? The Common Core State Standards are new standards in mathematics and English language arts meant to be consistent from state to state for each grade level. They were completed in the summer of 2010 through a state-led effort and have been adopted by over 40 states.







How prepared do you feel to teach the Common Core State Standards in your classroom?








Raising Student Achievement

3) Using the scale below, please slide the arrow to the point that reflects your view on what your ideal, average class size is.



My ideal average class size is...

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4) Now please slide the arrow to the point at which you feel that the average number of students in your class(s) would have a negative impact on student achievement.



Student achievement in my class would be negatively impacted if the average class size reached...

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Measuring Student Achievement

1) In your experience, how important is each of the following in measuring students' academic achievement? By academic achievement we mean students' preparedness for the next level of education.


    Not at all important Somewhat important Very important Absolutely essential
a. State-required standardized tests  
b. District-required tests  
c. Performance on class assignments  
d. Class participation  
e. Formative, ongoing assessments  
f. Tests from textbooks  
g. Final Exams  



Measuring Student Achievement

2) How often do you use student performance data for each of the following instructional purposes? By student performance data we mean things such as performance on class assignments, class participation and performance on standardized tests, etc.


    Never Rarely Sometimes Very often
a. Differentiate instruction  
b. Identify students who need intervention or supplemental services  
c. Discuss a student's performance with other teachers in your school  
d. Discuss a student's performance with the student and/or the student's parents  
e. Compare students' performance to that of other students in your school or district  
f. Assess students' progress compared to their prior-year academic performance  
g. Alter your lesson plans  
h. Monitor your classroom's progress in helping your school meet AYP targets  
i. Assess student progress throughout the year  



Measuring Student Achievement

3) How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about summative standardized tests at the state level?


    Disagree strongly Disagree somewhat Agree somewhat Agree strongly
a. They provide a meaningful benchmark against which parents can judge their child's progress  
b. They provide a meaningful benchmark against which teachers can judge their students' progress  
c. They provide a meaningful benchmark against which schools can be judged against other schools  
d. They ensure every student in a state is assessed in the same way  
e. They ensure that all students in a state are mastering the same skills and information  
f. The results are an accurate reflection of student achievement  
g. They are well-aligned with the current state standards  
h. Students take them seriously and perform to the best of their ability  
i. They determine what is taught in my classroom  


Measuring and Rewarding Teacher Achievement

1) How much, if at all, do you think each of the following should contribute to measuring teacher performance?


    Not at all A slight amount A moderate amount A great deal
a. Student growth over the course of the academic year  
b. Student performance on class assignments  
c. Student scores on standardized tests  
d. Parent surveys  
e. Formal self-evaluation  
f. Principal observation and review  
g. Teacher/peer observation and review  
h. Department Chair or Team Leader observation and review  
i. Student surveys  
j. Department Chair or Team Leader observation and review  


Measuring and Rewarding Teacher Achievement

2) Now thinking about these same things that might contribute to measuring teacher performance, about how often do each of these actually happen at your school?


    Never Less often than once a year Once a year Twice a year About 3-6 times a year About once a month More than once a month
a. Formalized assessment of student growth over the course of an academic year  
b. Analysis of student performance on classroom assignments  
c. Analysis of student scores on standardized tests  
d. Parent surveys  
e. Formal self-evaluation  
f. Principal observation and review  
g. Teacher/peer observation and review  
h. Department Chair or Team Leader observation and review  
i. Student surveys  
j. Assessment of teacher's content-area knowledge  

Measuring and Rewarding Teacher Achievement

3) Now thinking about these same things that might contribute to measuring teacher performance, how often do you feel each of these should happen at your school?


    Never Less often than once a year Once a year Twice a year About 3-6 times a year About once a month More than once a month
a. Formalized assessment of student growth over the course of an academic year  
b. Analysis of student performance on classroom assignments  
c. Analysis of student scores on standardized tests  
d. Parent surveys  
e. Formal self-evaluation  
f. Principal observation and review  
g. Teacher/peer observation and review  
h. Department Chair or Team Leader observation and review  
i. Student surveys  
j. Assessment of teacher's content-area knowledge  


Measuring and Rewarding Teacher Achievement

4) How much do agree or disagree with the following statements about teacher tenure?


    Disagree strongly Disagree somewhat Agree somewhat Agree strongly
a. Teacher tenure should reflect mastery of content  
b. Teacher tenure should reflect mastery of teaching methods  
c. Teacher tenure should reflect evaluations of teacher effectiveness  
d. Teacher tenure should be based solely on number of years teaching  
e. Teacher tenure protects teachers from unfairly losing their jobs  
f. Tenure, once granted, should be reevaluated at regular intervals  
g. Without tenure, teachers with more experience who are higher paid could possibly be laid off.  
h. Tenure should not protect ineffective teachers  



Measuring and Rewarding Teacher Achievement

5) On the following scale, please slide the arrow to the number of years at which point teachers should be considered for tenure.



Teachers should be considered for tenure after teaching for...

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6) Which of the following best describes the role you think seniority should play in workforce reduction decisions? Please select one response.









Retaining Good Teachers

1) Below is a list of factors that some people say may be associated with retaining good teachers. How important do you think each of these items is in retaining good teachers?


    Not at all important Somewhat important Very important Absolutely essential
a. Higher salaries  
b. Pay tied to teachers' performance  
c. Supportive leadership  
d. Professional development that is relevant to personal and school goals  
e. Access to high-quality curriculum and teaching resources  
f. Collegial work environment  
g. Time for teachers to collaborate  
h. Clean and safe building conditions  
i. More help for students who have behavioral or other problems that interfere with learning  
j. Opportunities for additional responsibility and advancement while staying in the classroom.  
k. More family involvement in students' education  
l. In-school teaching mentors/coaches for first 3 years of teaching  
m. More autonomy for teachers to decide on curriculum and teaching methods  
n. Greater decision-making role for teachers in regards to school policies and practices  
o. Teachers are evaluated based on multiple measures  


Retaining Good Teachers

2) In general, how satisfied are you in your job as a teacher?








3) Which choice below best describes you? Please read all choices before selecting one option.







Congratulations!

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