Gallup released a snapshot of the functional and dysfunctional aspects of the US K-12 educational system. One of the key issues to emerge from the study is the ongoing challenge of securing and keeping great teachers. Great teachers indicate their voices need to be heard and considered in order for them to feel fully valued and utilized.
The state of education in America is rapidly evolving due to technological advancements and curriculum reform. Perhaps the biggest challenge that the nation’s K-12 school districts are facing during this transformation is finding and keeping talented teachers. Sixty-one percent of superintendents struggle with recruiting and retaining good teachers.
U.S. K-12 teachers believe their input needs to carry more weight when important decisions are being made at the school level. The nation’s superintendents are challenged to find and keep good teachers, and to improve the academic performance of underprepared students and deal with the effects of poverty on student learning.
Other takeaways from the report include 1) engaged students do better in class and in life 2) students become less invested as they progress through the system and 3) opinions of K-12 education are more positive than they were last year.