New Survey: Teachers on College and Career Readiness

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New Survey Reveals Teacher Attitudes Toward Major Goal of Education Reforms


A survey by EdSource, in partnership with the California Teachers Association, provides new insights into teacher attitudes toward preparing students for college and careers, a principal goal of major education reforms being implemented in California, including the Common Core State Standards.


Of the 1,000 teachers surveyed, 95 percent support setting college and career readiness as the goal for the state's students. The teachers surveyed also said they felt critical thinking skills are a far more important indicator of college readiness than standardized test scores.


But teachers also expressed a need for a clearer definition of what constitutes "college and career readiness" and for greater professional development to support these goals. The survey also found that teachers' confidence in the attainability of the career and college readiness goals varied based on the economic backgrounds of their students.


"It is worrisome that less than a third of teachers say districts have clear definitions of college and career readiness, and just over a third say that goal has been strongly integrated into the preparation they have received for implementing the Common Core," said EdSource executive director Louis Freedberg. "Both of these areas demand attention from local education leaders around the state. 

Teachers ranked career academies, Linked Learning or other programs that tie the high school curriculum with a specific career pathway as the number one resource their school or district need to  prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.


"The survey shows that teachers support high standards for all students but they clearly see a need for additional support around career readiness and creating more opportunities for students who don't go onto college so they have the skills for 21st Century jobs," said CTA President Eric Heins.


The teachers surveyed generally responded positively when asked about their job satisfaction, with nearly three-quarters saying they are either "very satisfied" or "fairly satisfied." Thirty one percent said they supported the Common Core State Standards, and 48 percent said they supported them "with reservations." Twelve percent were opposed to the standards. 


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For more information on this survey, including analysis and detailed findings, please see this article on EdSource Today.


- Sunil Sethi


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