Circle the letter of the statement with
which you most agree.
Feel free to underline any portion of a
question that is especially applicable for you.
1. A. In recent years our
schools are experiencing more local control.
B. In recent years our
schools are experiencing more government control.
2. A. State
and/or federally required teacher staff development programs and workshops are
significantly improving academic achievement.
State and/or federally required teacher staff development programs and workshops
of little value and are a poor use of taxpayers' money.
3. A. In
recent years I have experienced more freedom to use curriculum, teaching
and methods that I know are effective in raising student
recent years I have been encouraged and/or coerced to use curriculum, teaching
techniques, or methods that are ineffective or even destructive to student
4. A. Aligning school
curriculum with the state tests will better educate our students.
B. Aligning school
curriculum with state tests may make the scores look better but actually
5. A. The State Department
of Education is placing the right amount of emphasis on improving
State Department of Education is placing too much emphasis on test scores and is
coercing teachers to teach to the test.
6. A. In recent years the
quality of education has steadily or significantly improved.
B. In recent years the
quality of education has steadily or rapidly declined.
7. A. Teachers have had
significant input into new educational reforms.
B. The new educational
reforms have been a top down approach with educational
legislators making most or all the significant decisions.
8. A. State mandated COE
staff development is an effective method of improving student
B. COE staff
development is of little value in improving student achievement and is an
ineffective use of teachers' time.
9. A. I feel free to
publicly express my opinions about educational reform without fear of negative
B. I do not feel free
to publicly express my opinions about educational reforms.
10. A. State standards and
curriculum frameworks are superior to teacher prepared curricula..
B. Teacher prepared
curricula are superior to state standards and frameworks.
11. A. The recent
educational reforms have improved my working conditions or made my job more
B. The recent educational reforms have contributed to more job
dissatisfaction or caused me to
12. A. Competition among
students in the classroom is harmful to students and the educational
environment and should not be used in today's schools.
B. Competition in the
form of classroom activities, grades, and scholarships increases academic
achievement and improves the educational environment.
13. A. Portfolios, rubrics,
and checklists are more effective forms of reporting student achievement
traditional letter grades and percentages.
B. Traditional letter
grades and percentages are still the most effective forms of reporting
14. A. The state's ACTAP
testing system (criterion referenced tests such as the new benchmark 4th
grade, 8th grade, and high school end of level exams which took the place of the
better reflection of student achievement than the SAT-9
B. The SAT-9
standardized tests that compare test scores to the rest of the nation reflect
student achievement better than the state's ACTAP testing system.
15. A. An accountability or
merit-type system that rewards individual teachers or schools for
scores will have positive results and improve education.
B. An accountability
system that rewards individual teachers or schools for improved test scores
will have more negative consequences than positive (like placing too much emphasis
items, causing more cheating, and demoralizing teachers.)
16. A. New and/or national
certification of teachers will increase the teacher's ability to improve the
quality of education.
B. Money spent on new
and/or national certification will not increase the teacher's ability to
the quality of education and will be an ineffective use of scarce funds.
17. A. Smart Start
(currently used in grades K-4), ELLA, and McRat are good programs
improve the quality of education in Arkansas.
B. Smart Start, ELLA,
and McRat are top down approaches to education that add to the
workload but will not improve the quality of education in Arkansas.
18. A. Smart Start, the
testing system in Arkansas, and other educational reforms are clearly
by educators, board members, and the public.
B. Smart Start, the
testing system in Arkansas, and other educational reforms are
confusing, complex, and easily misinterpreted by educators, board members, and
19. A. Academic Distress
laws that punish schools for low scores and allow the state to
school are fair and will result in better education.
B. Academic distress
laws that punish schools for low scores and allow the state
to take over
school are unfair and will have more negative consequences than
20. In order to have the most
effective educational system, which of the following should
choose the curriculum and methods to use in
the classroom. Rank in order of importance
teachers _____ state department
principals _____ state government
_____ federal government
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