10,000 teachers share views on the teaching profession in new report

A new survey reveals that teachers work 3 hours, 20 minutes longer than the average required teacher workday. That and more is revealed in a survey of more than 10,000 public school teachers: Primary Sources 2012: America’s Teacher on the Teaching Profession – a project of Scholastic (opens in new tab) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Key findings include:
• On average, teachers work 10 hours, 40 minutes per day. This increases when including attending and participating in students’ extracurricular activities.
• Teachers are open to tenure reform: Eighty percent of teachers agree that tenure should be regularly reevaluated, and on average, teachers say that consideration for receiving tenure should happen after 5.4 years of teaching.
• Standardized tests do not reflect student skill: Only 45% of teachers say their students’ take the test seriously and perform on them to the best of their ability
• Family involvement is the highest ranked factor for improving student achievement with 98% of teachers in agreement that it has a strong or very strong impact on student academic success. At the same time, 47% of veteran teachers report lower parental participation in their schools.

Download the full report here (opens in new tab) to read what teachers have to say on evaluations, tenure, teacher retention, measuring and raising student achievement, job satisfaction and more.