Arkansas Teacher Survey
Teacher Survey In Arkansas
Total of Six School Districts – 460 Teachers in Arkansas
School Size Range From Less than 500 to over 2000
Excellent Return – Thirty-Seven Percent - May, 2003
For Results See: Teacher
Circle the letter of the statement with
which you most agree.
1. A. In recent years our schools are experiencing more local control.
B. In recent years our schools are experiencing more government
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
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
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.
6. A. In recent years the quality of education has steadily or
B. In recent years the quality of education has steadily or rapidly
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
8. A. State mandated ACSIP staff development is an effective method of
improving student achievement.
B. State mandated ACSIP 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 because doing so may result in negative consequences for
me or my school.
10. A. State standards and curriculum frameworks are superior to teacher
B. Teacher prepared curricula are superior to state standards and
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.
12. A. Competition among students in the classroom is harmful to students
and the educational process and should not be used in today's
B. Competition in the form of classroom activities, grades, and
scholarships increases academic achievement and improves
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 ACTAAP testing system criterion referenced 4th grade, 8th
grade, and high school end of level exams are a 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 ACTAAP 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
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, Smart Step, the testing system in Arkansas, and other
educational reforms are clearly understood by
educators, board members, and the public.
B. Smart Start, Smart Step, the testing system in Arkansas, and other
educational reforms are confusing, complex, and easily misinterpreted by
educators, board members, legislators, 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
B. Academic distress laws that punish schools for low scores and allow
the state to take
over a school are unfair and will have more negative consequences than
20. A. Consolidation would be a major factor in helping to provide
a better quality of education in Arkansas.
B. Consolidation is not the answer to
providing a better quality of education in Arkansas.
21. A. Teacher morale is about the same or better than it has been during
other years in my teaching career.
B. Teacher morale is as low or lower than it has ever been during my
22. A. The Arkansas standards and benchmark tests will increase the scores
for low achieving students and reduce the gap between lower
and higher achieving students.
B. The Arkansas standards and benchmark tests will increase the gap
between lower achieving and higher achieving students.
23. A. I would recommend the teaching profession as a good career choice.
B. I can no longer recommend the teaching profession as a good career
24. A. More course offerings or an enriched curriculum would
rate as one of the major components needed to improve the quality of
B. Other aspects like
more stringent discipline, more freedom to use teacher's curriculum, less
emphasis on testing, and other factors would rate higher, or much higher, as
components needed to improve quality of education than more course offerings
or an enriched curriculum.
25. A. The educational reforms are doing a good job of
addressing the real issues needed for providing a better education for
B. The educational reforms
are not addressing the real issues needed to provide a better education for
26. ______What percent of students you are presently teaching would want
to, and be willing to apply themselves to master more difficult and enriched
curriculum material than your school now offers?
27. _____If your school should consolidate with the nearest school,
how many more miles would you have to drive to school.
28. Name the number one major change that needs to take place (excluding
money) to improve education in
Please add any comments you have on the lines below or on the back
of this sheet or type your comments on the computer and staple them to this
sheet when you return the survey.
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Survey of Approximately 700 Teachers