What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down-and How to Fix It

Three years ago, TNTP set out to understand how so many students could graduate from high school unprepared for the lives they want to lead. To find out, they followed nearly 4,000 students in three large urban districts, one small rural district, and one charter network with three schools in separate cities to view school Read more about What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down-and How to Fix It[…]

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How High School Teachers can Better Engage their Students, according to Teens

If students are going to get the most out of school, they need to be engaged. Research shows, for example, that disengaged students are more likely to suffer a range of bad consequences, such as failing a course, repeating a grade, and dropping out. Yet however much rhetoric we may hear about building a “student-centered” Read more about How High School Teachers can Better Engage their Students, according to Teens[…]

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2018 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitude Toward the Public Schools

The PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is the most trusted source of public opinion about K-12 education. This poll queried U.S. adults about a range of issues confronting education, including teacher pay and the teaching profession, school security, options for improving the public schools, perceptions of opportunities for different groups Read more about 2018 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitude Toward the Public Schools[…]

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Principal Attrition and Mobility

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new First Look report entitled Principal Attrition and Mobility: Results From the 2016–17 Principal Follow-up Survey. This report presents selected findings from the Public School Principal Status Data File of the 2016–17 Principal Follow-up Survey (PFS). The PFS is a nationally representative sample survey of public K–12 Read more about Principal Attrition and Mobility[…]

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Retaining High Performers: Insights from Teacher Exit Surveys

A new Bellwether report by Kaitlin Pennington and Alexander Brand analyzes District of Columbia Public Schools’ teacher exit survey data to better understand why high-performing teachers left, where they went, and what they say would have retained them. As school districts across the country report various kinds of teacher shortages, how to retain teachers has Read more about Retaining High Performers: Insights from Teacher Exit Surveys[…]

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The Public’s Attitudes Towards Public Schools

Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) has just completed its 49th survey of the public’s attitudes toward public schools. The survey results show that Americans believe local public schools should be providing wraparound services, including mental health programs and after-school programs. The report similarly emphasizes the public’s interest in educators helping students develop their interpersonal skills Read more about The Public’s Attitudes Towards Public Schools[…]

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The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform

There’s no denying political climate change. The past 18 months have seen an enormous swing in the Washington power balance, a shift that has heightened the polarization that has characterized our public life for more than a decade now. How has this divisive political climate influenced public opinion on education policy and reform? And how Read more about The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform[…]

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90% of Parents Think Their Kids Are on Track in Math & Reading

There is a communication gap that creates a significant disconnect in how parents think their children are doing in school versus reality. In its second national survey, Learning Heroes found that 9 in 10 parents think their children are performing at or above grade level in math and reading — but results from the National Read more about 90% of Parents Think Their Kids Are on Track in Math & Reading[…]

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8 Important Numbers From New Report on Children’s Well-Being

Increasingly, schools are becoming the centers of student well-being, providing more meals during the day, health exams, as well as greater social and emotional coaching. So the most recent federal report on children’s well-being gives a snapshot of what today’s 73.6 million children need — from mental health services to substance abuse support — if Read more about 8 Important Numbers From New Report on Children’s Well-Being[…]

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Confusion Over Purpose of U.S. Education System

There is no consensus among the public about the role of the public school system in the U.S., according to a Phi Delta Kappan poll that also shows widespread discontent with some of the education policies that have been a major focus of the reform movement. “This really calls into question in many ways whether Read more about Confusion Over Purpose of U.S. Education System[…]

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Most Students Aren’t on Track for Success

In May, a new organization called Learning Heroes released a survey with a startling finding: 90 percent of parents believe that their children are performing at “grade level” or higher in their schoolwork. Setting aside the debate over what “grade level” even means, by any reasonable definition many of these parents, if they are being Read more about Most Students Aren’t on Track for Success[…]

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Relationships: Top Factor in Classroom Effectiveness

The ability to build relationships with students is the top trait of an effective teacher, according to a new survey released from Pearson. Survey respondents included teachers, students, parents, school administrators and policymakers from around the globe. While the survey was fielded in 23 countries, respondents from the U. S. were united in their top Read more about Relationships: Top Factor in Classroom Effectiveness[…]

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New Survey Helps Schools Identify Best Practices for Improving School Performance

The Institute of Education Sciences’ Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest has released a new survey tool that will help education leaders assess to what degree schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. The survey and associated guide were developed in partnership with REL Midwest’s School Turnaround Research Alliance. The School Survey of Practices Read more about New Survey Helps Schools Identify Best Practices for Improving School Performance[…]

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Guides Offer Educators Help Designing, Administering, and Analyzing Surveys

Survey data can be an effective way to gather data that informs instruction or programmatic decisions. But some educators do not have the training or experience needed to design surveys or analyze the data that surveys can provide. Three research alliances in the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northeast and Islands region asked the REL to Read more about Guides Offer Educators Help Designing, Administering, and Analyzing Surveys[…]

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What do teachers actually think about new teacher evaluations?

EdCentral recently reviewed what two recent surveys of teachers revealed about their opinions of new teacher evaluation systems. Excerpts from their article appear below: What do we actually know about teachers’ perceptions of their evaluation process? Two new reports offer insights into this question. In May, the Center on Education Policy (CEP) released a report Read more about What do teachers actually think about new teacher evaluations?[…]

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CEP Survey Finds Teachers Are Feeling Stressed

Although they find parts of their jobs immensely rewarding, many teachers feel ignored in education policy discussions and are frustrated with the constantly changing demands on them, a new survey finds. Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices released by the nonprofit Center on Education Policy, is based on online interviews with a nationally representative Read more about CEP Survey Finds Teachers Are Feeling Stressed[…]

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