ERIC Number: ED562670
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: N/A
Primary Sources. Update: Teachers' Views on Common Core State Standards
Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fielded the third edition of the "Primary Sources" survey of America's teachers in July 2013 (see ED562664). Twenty thousand pre-K through grade 12 public school teachers responded, sharing their perspectives on issues important to their profession, including the Common Core State Standards. The results documented teachers' enthusiasm for implementation of the standards, even as they acknowledged challenges ahead. In July 2014, Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invited the same teachers who responded to the 2013 survey, and who teach in the more than 40 states where the Common Core State Standards are being implemented, to take a follow-up survey to indicate how implementation is going in their schools and classrooms. The teachers were also asked what impact, if any, the standards are having on their classrooms, students and families. More than 1,600 pre-K through grade 12 teachers responded from 43 states and the District of Columbia. In the 2014 follow-up survey, key findings include: (1) Teachers are now more likely to report feeling prepared to teach to the Common Core (79% in 2014 vs. 71% in 2013); they are also now more likely to say implementation is going well in their schools (68% in 2014 vs. 62% in 2013); (2) Further, teachers are beginning to see positive changes in their own classrooms, particularly those who have had more experience with the standards; (3) Eighty-four percent (84%) of teachers who have experienced more than one year of full implementation with the Common Core also say they are enthusiastic about the implementation of the new standards; (4) Fewer teachers overall this year than last say that they are enthusiastic about Common Core implementation (68% in 2014 vs. 73% in 2013); teachers are now also more likely to say implementation is challenging (81% in 2014 vs. 73% in 2013); and (5) Teachers continue to need support and resources, identifying Common Core-aligned instructional materials (86%), quality professional development (84%) and additional planning time (78%) and opportunities to collaborate (78%) as critical to ensure successful implementation. An appendix presents survey results, by total.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Common Core State Standards, Teacher Surveys, Public School Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Followup Studies, National Surveys
Scholastic Inc. and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. Tel: 212-343-6857; Fax: 212-343-4913; Web site: http://www.scholastic.com/primarysources
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Scholastic Inc.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States