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March 5, 2010

TEACHERS DON'T AGREE WITH OBAMA ON EDUCATION


USA TODAY - A new, large-scale survey finds that only one in 14 teachers thinks [test scores] a "very accurate measure" of teacher performance. . .

Three times as many teachers - 22% - say principal evaluations are a very accurate measure, but 78% of teachers agree that principals are at best only "somewhat" trustworthy when it comes to rating job performance.

Only 10% say tenure - a kind of job-for-life security based on a few years of satisfactory job evaluations - is a "very accurate" indicator of teacher quality;

71% say paying teachers more for improved student performance would have only a "moderate" impact or no impact at all.

97% say supportive leadership is an "absolutely essential" or "somewhat important" factor in teacher retention, while only 25% say the same about pay tied to performance.

And while most teachers say that traditional textbooks help student achievement, fewer than half say textbooks "engage my students in learning."

And while support for common standards across the USA is high among elementary school teachers - 66% support the idea - by high school, it drops to 49%.


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