Primary Sources 2013
A new survey, Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change, reflects the views of more than 20,000 public school teachers nationwide.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
A joint project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change report surveyed more than 20,000 teachers in PreK through grade 12 nationwide. The report was conducted online in July 2013.
The results highlight the challenges and rewards of the teaching profession; teachers’ views about the Common Core State Standards; the desire for feedback that is fair and ensures professional growth; and how teachers use technology to collaborate with peers.
Check back here for our continuing series of articles on the key findings from the report. You can also download the complete Primary Sources report here.
Teachers report needing a range of professional support to help them shift their instruction and meet a variety of learning styles.
According to Primary Sources, 98 percent of teachers agree that teaching is how they make a difference in the world.
Despite concerns about the fairness of the evaluation process, teachers say that they value the opportunity to grow their practice through evaluation, observation, feedback, and professional development.
Much of student success comes from having supportive and actively involved parents or guardians, say teachers surveyed in the Primary Sources: America’s Teachers on Teaching in an Era of Change report.