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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.

      B.  State and/or federally required teacher staff development programs and workshops are
           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  techniques,
            and methods that I know are effective in raising student achievement.

      B.  In recent years  I have been encouraged and/or coerced to use curriculum, teaching 
            techniques, or methods that are ineffective or even destructive to student achievement.

     

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

            provide less education.

      

5.  A.  The State Department of Education is placing the right amount of  emphasis on improving
           test scores.

     B.  The State Department of Education is placing too much emphasis on test scores and is
           coercing teachers to teach to the test.

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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
            bureaucrats and/or legislators  making most or all the significant decisions.

 

8.   A.  State mandated COE staff development is an effective method of improving student

            achievement.

      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
            consequences.

      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

             satisfying.

       B.  The recent educational reforms have contributed to more job dissatisfaction or caused  me to
            look for other employment.

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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
             than traditional letter grades and percentages.

       B.  Traditional letter grades and percentages are still the most effective forms of reporting
             student  achievement.     

 

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 exit exam)
             is a better  reflection of  student achievement than the SAT-9 standardized tests. 

       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
            improved test 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 on test
            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
             improve 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 
             that will
             improve the quality of education in Arkansas.

       B.  Smart Start, ELLA, and McRat are top down approaches to education that add to the
            teacher's 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
             understood 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
            the public.

 

19.  A.  Academic Distress laws that punish schools for low scores and allow the state to
             take over
             a 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
            positive ones.

 

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

       from 1-7.

    

            _____  teachers                                                _____  state department of education

            _____  principals                                              _____  state government

            _____  superintendents                                     _____  federal government

            _____  school board members

 

            Please add any comments you have on the lines below.  We would like teachers to
 critique this survey and help us improve it, so feel free to do so and  give us  suggestions
 about questions that could be improved or added to this Survey.  Feel free to write your own questions. We may think they are better than ours.

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Comments by Teachers on the Survey

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