|[January 30, 2014]
National Survey Reveals 96 Percent of Educators Surveyed Believe They Are Effective in the Classroom, but Majority Still Say Public Education Is Failing
SALT LAKE CITY --(Business Wire)--
School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness
resources, today released the results of a survey measuring educators'
opinions of their effectiveness, the role of parents in education and
the health of public education in general. In the wake of the State of
the Union address highlighting an ongoing focus on education, School
Improvement Network devoted this installment of its survey series,
"Voices of Education," on four simple questions, receiving more than
2,100 responses from educators in all 50 states.
According to survey results, teachers believe they are effective, but a
slight majority of respondents believe that education is failing, and 89
percent believe that parents are not doing enough to help their students.
"Today's classrooms face an array of issues that could include
everything from rising numbers of students who have been diagnosed with
learning disabilities and behavioral issues to students with uninvolved
or under-involved parents," said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of
School Improvement Network. "Understandably, education policy tends to
look at remedies to ease issues in the classroom, but the foundational
issue that remains is educator effectiveness, and we need to be sure we
are providing the resources and tools for teachers to be successful in
School Improvement Network provides research-proven tools and resources
to give teachers the support and training they need to be successful
with every student in all classroom situations. After visiting thousands
of classrooms nationwide, they have compiled their research and best
practices into a video library of over 3,500 videos of real master
teachers in real classrooms showing how educators can reach every
student to help them become college and career ready.
Short and long form responses included the following information:
Do yo believe you are an effective educator?
96 percent of educators said yes; 4 percent of educators said no
"While I do feel I am an effective teacher, I know there are areas
I can and need to improve on. At the same time, I can only do so
much; the students need to work harder to do better."
Do you believe your colleagues are effective educators?
89 percent of educators said yes; 11 percent of educators said no
"Not all educators are effective, just like not every doctor has a
good bedside manner. The better discussion is how do we make the
profession such that good teachers want to get better?"
"Teachers as a group are among the most caring and dedicated
professionals we have. They are grossly underappreciated."
Do you believe the public education system is failing?
52 percent of educators said yes; 48 percent of educators said no
"The system is suffering and needs help, but it is not failing. We
are dedicated and motivated, but it is very easy to lose hope
without support from the public and our legislators."
"The only real problem in public education is federal and state
interference by people who have no clue about education, only what
they think sounds good to voters."
Do you believe parents are doing enough to help their children be
successful in school?
11 percent of educators said yes; 89 percent of educators said no
"Teachers cannot teach everything. Parents have to do their part.
Too much is put on teachers today and not enough accountability on
"The government expects miracles from educators, when parents play
the most vital role in a child's life and they are failing their
children, our students."
Full results of the surveys can be found here
and will be available beginning today.
About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent
decades researching and documenting the best practices in education.
From this research, School Improvement Network has developed
the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to
improve teacher practice and gives educators a set of powerful tools to
drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use
the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System produce better teachers
and as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement,
driving up student proficiency by an average of 18 percent in a single
year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and
districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500
classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at http://www.schoolimprovement.com.
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