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ERIC Number: ED520768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
Prospects for the Profession: Public Opinion Research on Teachers. TQ Research & Policy Brief
Coggshall, Jane G.
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality
This comprehensive review of 16 nationally representative public opinion polls conducted between 2000 and 2006 provides insight into how teachers, school administrators, parents, and the general public view the teaching profession. It looks specifically at issues of teacher availability, recruitment, and retention for at-risk and hard-to-staff schools and offers guidance to education policymakers as they work to improve teacher quality and staff all classrooms with highly qualified teachers. Among its findings is that although the profession continues to be attractive and job satisfaction is high among most teachers, polls find that one in four teachers is planning to leave the profession, including 17 percent of new teachers who say they are likely to leave. Moreover, administrators in urban and mainly minority schools and districts report widespread teacher shortages. However, many teachers profess a willingness to move to hard-to-staff schools if there are high levels of administrator support. Reasons for these findings as well as the favorability of potential policy solutions are discussed. Additional Information on the Polls Reviewed is appended. (Contains 9 tables and 3 footnotes.)
National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: 877-322-8700; Fax: 202-223-8939; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality