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Knowledge From the Field

Primary Sources: America's Teachers on America's Schools

Published: March 2010

Publisher(s): Scholastic; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Funder(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Related Organization(s): Harris Interactive

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Area of focus: Teacher Quality and Leadership


This study analyzes findings from a survey of teachers on challenges and solutions for student higher achievement. The respondents identified five ways to address these challenges: clear standards, multiple measurements of student performance, innovation, accurate measurements of teacher performance, and a bridge between school and home.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

= A supportive leader is more important than higher salaries for retaining good teachers

= Teachers are not opposed to standardized tests as a measurement of student performance but also value other measures

= Tenure is a poor indicator of a teacherís ability

= Up-to-date information-based technology is more important than textbooks for improving academic achievement

= A strong home-school connection is essential to build a sustainable culture of achievement in schools

Geographic Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: Teacher reform; accountability; student performance; teacher performance; innovation; measure performance

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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