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AAE Releases 2010 Member Survey
posted by: Alix | September 22, 2010, 04:25 PM   

The 2010 AAE Member Survey: Teachers Support Reform Efforts When Reform Efforts are Fair is released today by the Association of American Educators. The survey was conducted this summer, polling AAE members from all fifty states on issues relating to education and education reform.

At a time when teachers are being pushed aside in the education debate, AAE is listening to educators who have valuable insight to add to the dialogue. The survey covers controversial issues including, evaluations, tenure, accountability, and compensation.

Among the many interesting findings, opposition against teacher evaluation based solely on student test scores is strong. However, saying that teachers do not support the value-added system is highly generalized and untrue. Eighty percent of teachers surveyed support a value-added model of student assessment when student test scores are used as a part of teacher evaluation. In fact, student test scores ranked higher in evaluating teacher effectiveness second to only administrative/ faculty review. Notably years in the system ranked last among quantifiers of evaluation.

Despite the fact that teachers unions promote tenure as a crucial means of protection for teachers to be able to perform their jobs, the member survey showed teachers have a different opinion. Eighty-one percent of those surveyed responded that tenure is not necessary for an educator to properly perform his or her job effectively. Further, eighty percent of respondents disagree that achieving tenure indicates an effective teacher.

When it comes to compensation, survey participants reject the union mantra of a structured pay scale based on years in the system, rather supporting educators being paid more for taking on additional responsibilities in their schools, as well as teaching in high need schools.

The AAE survey shows that teachers' attitudes have changed over the last few years, what remains the same is that teachers want to see students grow, succeed and become competitive around the world. While the unions are fighting reforms at every turn, they aren't bothering to actually represent the views of teachers. Our goal at AAE is to share the finding of this survey with policymakers, educations reformers, and the public to ensure teachers are being included in reform decisions.

Download a copy of the survey today.

What do you think of the survey?
Does it reflect your opinions?

Comment below.

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learning by doing
written by guru, September 15, 2015

In fact, student test scores ranked higher in evaluating teacher effectiveness second to only administrative/ faculty review. Notably years in the system ranked last among quantifiers of evaluation.
written by linen slub fleece, April 30, 2012

We happily submit our member study as it was communicated to us – in non colored documents – through an paid study. Furthermore, there is no whirl that can substitute a sensible approach to today's current educational environment. This is indeed an precise expression of our study results. linen slub fleece
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written by Books and Manuals, January 08, 2011

Im impressed. Youre truly well informed and very intelligent. You wrote something that people could understand and made the subject intriguing for everyone. Im saving this for future use.

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written by Robert M. Peters, Fairview-Alpha, Louisiana, October 12, 2010

I missed, likely because I do not properly monitor my e-mail notices, an opportunity to participate in the survey. I regret that.

While I reject reductionist attempts to quantify, i.e. make "scientific," the performance of pupils as well as teachers and while the framework imposed on public education by the elites in government, in departments of education, and in the general academy has truncated learning, robbing it of important sources of knowledge, I am quite heartened by the trend which the survey reveals. If nothing more, it demonstrates that in nooks and crannies of this fallen and disenchanted world, bereft of any notion of the metaphysical, there are yet professionals among those who claim to teach. Until, nevertheless, this framework, incidiously imposed, is ripped away, I fear that all attempts at "reforming education" will be naught but rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic while the band plays on.

It would be very helpful to have further discussions on these principles or lack thereof.
Special Education LAA1 teacher
written by Bonnie in Shreveport, LA, October 12, 2010

I took the survey a few weeks ago, and I think the questions were very relevant. I chose special ed teaching for the express reason to make a difference in our special needs students. I have taught over 10 years now, and am proud of it. Shure, the work is challenging, many times demanding, and I could have gone into another profession. I do not think tenure makes better teachers, but I think another evaluation other than student performance or achievement is the way to go. If you were to evaluate students with special needs on their performance, scores, or achievement, where would you start? Thanks for letting me "sound off".
21st century teacher
written by beverly in louisiana, October 11, 2010

I'm a rank and file teacher that is proud to now be a professional educator. I took the survey and it's uncanny how the overall results reflect my own input. It's time for us to ALL step up to the plate and perform in our work place. I'm so tired of hearing about teachers that are just "basically" collecting a paycheck until they can retire. If you want to be treated like a professional you have to act like one. If you don't want to act like a professional then do the rest of us a favor and retire early or go find a less challenging j-o-b where you can punch a clock, sit around, gripe, complain, collect your paycheck and benefits then go home and not have to grade any papers.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support Coach
written by Melanie; Bastrop, LA, October 11, 2010

I am PROUD to say that I took the survey. Others may not agree with the results, however I believe that these results show that education is in need of a change. I am a previous 4th-6th grade teacher who believed and still believes that tenure should not be a free for all and that teachers and administrators should be evaluated based on their abilities and their students results.
written by Lewis, Knoxville, TN, September 23, 2010

Associate Professor, are you really a professor? A scholar would not make such judgemental statements without substantial information.
response to "Associate Professor"
written by AAE, September 23, 2010

No slick glossy paper can adequately replace the profound opinions of smart, savvy AAE members. We proudly publish our member survey as it was conveyed to us – in black and white – through an online survey. Furthermore, there is no spin that can replace a commonsense approach to today’s educational climate. This is indeed an accurate reflection of our survey results.

Specifically, exactly 1167 members took the member survey. It was a random sampling as are all of our surveys. Additionally, we can confirm that members in all 50 states were part of the survey.

Finally, you are misinformed. AAE is supported by membership dues. We operate on a lean budget to provide our members with the best products and services available at the lowest cost possible. We are proud of our offerings and service. We encourage you to compare for yourself.

Your interest in AAE and our survey is appreciated.

written by Ronnie in Bentonville, September 22, 2010

Jim, I took the survey, and it represents my views a math teacher of 10 years experience. I would like to know how many members took the survey, and I will probably find out because I ask nicely. However, it sounds like you don't really care. It sounds like you just wanted to state your opinion and take a stab at AAE without any substance for the cheap shot. I know for a fact that all these percentages came from true educators and not from liberal associate professors who feel threatened by true education reform.
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