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Teacher Survey Shows Significant Improvement

The Knox County Schools has released the results of its second district-wide teacher survey, and the results are encouraging.

The survey was the second administered to teachers with the goal of obtaining valuable input and feedback from educators in the Knox County Schools. The paper/pencil survey, administered in the Spring of 2015, was offered to every teacher in the Knox County Schools. A total of 3,171 teachers responded.
 
Summary results revealed:
  • For virtually every question asked in 2013 and 2015, the Knox County Schools experienced increases in the positive responses, and decreases in the negative responses.
  • 84.2% of teachers responded that their school was a good place to work and learn.
  • 53% of teachers surveyed either agreed or strongly agreed that their school-district was a good place to work and learn. In the 2013 survey, the results were 27.8%.
  • 70.1% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are functioning appropriately at their school. In the 2013 survey, the results were 57%.
  • 46.9% of teacher respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that they are trusted to make sound professional decisions about instruction. That percentage was 20.3% in 2013. Additionally, 40.3% of teachers said they agreed or strongly agreed that they are recognized as educational experts in their school. In 2013, it was 16.3%
  • Regarding teacher autonomy, 43.6% agreed or strongly agreed that teachers have the autonomy to make decisions about instructional delivery. In 2013, it was 17.2%.
“I was pleased to see that our efforts to support, listen to and value our educators appear to be having a positive impact,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools. “Teacher feedback is critically important so that we can continue to develop a positive culture of excellence in our school system, and continue to provide an outstanding education to our children.”

Complete results of the 2013 and 2015 teacher survey can be found at here. The results of the teacher survey will be discussed with the school board at their meeting on Monday, May 18, 2015.