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This third edition of "Primary Sources" represents a joint project of Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It reports the views of more than 20,000 public school teachers on important issues related to their profession. Fielded in July 2013, the survey asks teachers about their motivation, new learning standards, teacher evaluations, how they collaborate within and beyond school walls and how they are using technology. The goal of "Primary Sources" is to place teachers' voices at the center of the conversation on education by sharing their thoughts and opinions with policymakers, the media, the field of education and the public. This year's report seeks to: (1) Showcase the daily work and challenges of teachers in an era of change and provide insights into their perspectives on their work, craft and students; (2) Explore teachers' views on the Common Core State Standards; (3) Identify how teacher evaluations can be most helpful to teachers' growth and practice as evaluation systems evolve; and (4) Display how teachers seek to connect with peers, parents and communities to ensure student success. As was the case with the previous two editions of "Primary Sources" (2009, 2011), the results of this survey demonstrate teachers' commitment to student success. A key finding from this research is the strong correlation between teachers' job satisfaction and feeling that their voices are heard. This report is offered as a resource to bring teachers' voices directly to administrators, district leaders, union leaders, legislators, parents and education advocates. Two appendices are included: (1) Full Survey Results; and (2) Common Core State Standards Data By Total in CCSS Adoption States, Grade Level and Subjects Taught. [For a 2014 update to this report, see ED562670.]

Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Common Core State Standards, Teacher Evaluation, Correlation, National Surveys, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Teacher Collaboration, Parent Teacher Cooperation

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