Americans think half of teachers in their local schools deserve a grade of A or B, while more than a fifth are doing D or F work, reports Education Next‘s 2014 poll.
Teachers say 69 percent of their colleagues deserve an A or B, while 8 percent perform at the D level and 5 percent merit an F.
Half of the non-teachers opposed teacher tenure, while one third favored it. “Even 65 percent of respondents who favor tenure say it should be based on student performance,” reports Ed Next.
Teachers endorse tenure by a two-to-one margin and only a third of teachers support basing tenure on student test performance.
Fifty-seven percent of the public supports “basing part of the salaries of teachers on how much their students learn.” Only 21 percent of teachers back merit pay.
More than one-fourth of all families with school-age children have educated a child in a setting other than a traditional public school.
Teachers are as likely to use private, charter or homeschooling.
Public support for Common Core State Standards has eroded in the last year, the survey found.
People like Common Core’s goals, but the “brand” has been damaged, writes Mike Petrilli.
While 39 of voters say the economy is the number one issue that will influence their vote in November, education is the second most important issue, cited by 16 percent of voters according to the new Reason-Rupe poll.
Twenty-five percent of Democrats, but only 12 percent of Republicans, say education will have the most influence on their vote in the midterm elections. African Americans (36 percent) and Hispanics (25 percent) are more likely than whites (14 percent) to rank education as their top issue.