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ERIC Number: ED542202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 132
Abstractor: ERIC
The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership
MetLife, Inc.
"The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for School Leadership" (2012) was conducted by Harris Interactive and is the twenty-ninth in a series sponsored annually by MetLife since 1984 to give voice to those closest to the classroom. This report examines the views of teachers and principals on the responsibilities and challenges facing school leaders, including the changing roles of principals and teachers, budget and resources, professional satisfaction, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards for college and career readiness. This research combined both quantitative and qualitative methods to gain a clear picture of attitudes and perceptions among teachers and principals. Major findings include: (1) Principals take responsibility for leadership of their schools; (2) The job of principal is becoming more complex and stressful; (3) Teachers take leadership in schools and think principals are doing a good job; (4) The biggest challenges leaders face are beyond the capacity of schools alone to address; (5) Principals and teachers have similar views on academic challenges, but diverge somewhat on their priorities for leadership; (6) Teacher satisfaction continues to decline; (7) Challenges cited by educators are greater in high-needs schools; and (8) Educators are confident about implementing the Common Core, less so about its potential for increasing student success. Appended are: (1) Methodology; and (2) Questionnaires. (Contains 39 figures and 27 endnotes.)
MetLife, Inc. 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166. Tel: 212-578-2419; Fax: 212-578-0617; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Harris Interactive Inc.