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GALLUP - Education Week Superintendent Panel – Inaugural Survey Findings - Report

GALLUP - Education Week Superintendent Panel – Inaugural Survey Findings - Report

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Gallup and Education Week launched a panel of K-12 superintendents in the United States to track and understand their opinions on important topics and issues facing education. Gallup will survey these leaders every quarter on an annual basis.
Gallup and Education Week launched a panel of K-12 superintendents in the United States to track and understand their opinions on important topics and issues facing education. Gallup will survey these leaders every quarter on an annual basis.

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GALLUP-EDUCATION WEEK SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS

SUPERINTENDENTS SEE THE VALUE OF EDUCATION BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL AND MANY BELIEVE THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS WILL CREATE CONSISTENCY

JUNE 6, 2013

COPYRIGHT STANDARDS This document contains proprietary research, copyrighted materials, and literary property of Gallup, Inc. No changes may be made to this document without the express written permission of Gallup, Inc. Gallup®, Gallup Business JournalTM, and Gallup University® are trademarks of Gallup, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners. All survey releases must include the exact question wording, dates of interviewing, interviewing method, sample size, definition of the survey population, and size of sampling error. Results of only a subset of respondents must be appropriately identified, with the definition of the subsample and its size included in the release. A full description of the survey methodology (provided by Gallup) must be available upon request. Gallup must approve all press releases and other documents prepared to assist in the public dissemination of the survey data. In the event that the survey data are released in a manner that is unacceptable to Gallup (either because Gallup did not have an opportunity to review the material before release, or because the client did not revise the material to conform with Gallup’s methodological and analytical standards), Gallup reserves the right to issue press releases or other public statements that provide its own view of the appropriate interpretation of the survey data.

  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

ABOUT GALLUP EDUCATION
Gallup experts work with leaders in education to hire and develop talented educators, identify the strengths of each individual student, and create engaging learning environments — fostering long-term student success in the classroom and in future careers. The best educators know that for students to achieve meaningful, lasting success in the classroom and beyond, they must be emotionally engaged in the educational experience. This means educators must focus on students’ hope, engagement, and wellbeing — the predictors Gallup has discovered matter the most. Measuring and moving the needle on these outcomes transform educational institutions into places where students — and educators — thrive. For more information, visit education.gallup.com, follow @GallupEducation, or email Education@gallup.com.

ABOUT GALLUP
Gallup delivers forward-thinking research, analytics, and advice to help leaders solve their most pressing problems. Combining more than 75 years of experience with its global reach, Gallup knows more about the attitudes and behaviors of the world’s constituents, employees, and customers than any other organization. Gallup consultants help private and public sector organizations boost organic growth through measurement tools, strategic advice, and education. Gallup’s 2,000 professionals deliver services at client organizations, through the Web, and in nearly 40 offices around the world. Gallup News reports empirical evidence about the world’s 7 billion citizens based on Gallup’s continuous polling in 160 countries. The Gallup Business Journal provides hard-hitting articles and insights aimed at helping executives improve business outcomes based on Gallup’s experience boosting companies’ performance. Gallup also offers books with groundbreaking research on business, leadership, wellbeing, and politics, as well as coursework on the factors that drive individual and organizational performance.

ABOUT EDUCATION WEEK
Since its founding in 1981, Education Week has been recognized as America’s preeminent source of news and information in pre-collegiate education. With an editorial purview that spans local, state, and national news, and issues from preschool through the transition to high school, Education Week strives to be a one-stop source for news, information, analysis, and services essential to driving critical changes in K-12 policy and practice. The paper, published 37 times a year, has a print readership of 225,000 and reaches an audience of 1.1 million users through the edweek.org website. Education Week is published by Editorial Projects in Education, a nonprofit organization based in Bethesda, Md.

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Gallup and Education Week launched a panel of K-12 superintendents in the United States to track and understand their opinions on important topics and issues facing education. Gallup will survey these leaders every quarter on an annual basis. The key findings from the inaugural study include: THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS One of the major goals of the common core standards is to create consistent learning for students throughout the country. According to this study, many superintendents believe that the common core standards will provide more consistency in the quality, but some say the change will have no effect. •• More than half of superintendents (58%) say that the common core standards will improve the quality of education in their community. Three in 10 (30%) believe that the common core standards will have no effect. •• Only 2% of superintendents strongly agree that their school district is getting adequate support at the federal level to implement common core standards. •• Seventy five (75%) of superintendents say they believe that having common core standards would provide more consistency in the quality of education between school districts and states. EDUCATION BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL The majority of superintendents believe that education beyond high school is important for graduates. Few believe that GPA and standardized testing is the best predictor of success in college. In addition, the majority of superintendents believe that high school graduates are not prepared to find a good job, but a few more believe more high school graduates are prepared to enter college. This indicates that they believe it is important to obtain an education beyond high school. •• Nearly all of superintendents — 96% — say that it is very important that high schools prepare students for education beyond high school. •• Only 5% of superintendents strongly agree that a high GPA is the best predictor of success in college, and only 6% strongly agree that a high SAT or ACT score is the best predictor of success in college. TEACHERS Having effective teachers in the classroom is essential to creating a successful learning environment. •• Eighty-one percent (81%) of superintendents agree or strongly agree that teachers in their school district are evaluated on their effectiveness in the classroom rather than on the number of years of teaching in the classroom. •• Three in 10 (30%) of superintendents strongly agree that their school district has an effective ongoing professional development program designed for teachers.

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM The ability to add technology universally in the classroom, with the intent of increasing student learning is still a substantial challenge. •• Forty four percent (44%) of superintendents strongly agree that the use of technology in the classroom increases student engagement. •• When asked if every student should have a laptop or tablet in the classroom to accelerate his/her learning, 37% of superintendents strongly agree. •• More than three in 10 (33%) superintendents strongly agree that a good teacher who uses advanced technology to teach creates a better student learning environment than a good teacher who does not use advanced technology to teach. BUDGET CUTS Balancing school districts’ budgets remains one of the most challenging tasks for superintendents. According to this study, many superintendents are prepared to make budget cuts in the upcoming school year. •• Nearly seven in 10 (66%) superintendents are expected to make budgets cuts in the upcoming school year. •• Of the superintendents planning to make budget cuts, 42% are planning on making cuts within operations and maintenance, while 36% say they will make cuts within instruction. For more information, refer to the subsequent section, Key Findings.

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

METHODOLOGY
The sample consists of 12,433 K-12 school districts across the United States. Using email addresses, Gallup recruited leaders and built the sample. The sample is not nationally representative of U.S. school districts. Gallup conducted 2,586 Web surveys from March 14 to April 4, 2013. For results based on this sample size of 2,586 total respondents, with about 95% confidence, the margin of error attributable to sampling error is ±1.9 percentage points.

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

KEY FINDINGS
THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS More than half of superintendents (58%) say that the common core standards will improve the quality of education in their community. Three in 10 (30%) believe that the common core standards will have no effect. Do you believe common core standards would improve the quality of education in your community, decrease the quality of education in your community, or have no effect?
Improve the quality of education Decrease the quality of education Have no effect Don’t know/Does not apply 58% 8% 30% 4%

Only a few (7%) superintendents strongly agree that the common core standards prevent individualized learning. In contrast, more than two in 10 (24%) strongly disagree that the standards prevent individualized learning. Nearly six in 10 (56%) strongly disagree that their school district is getting adequate support at the federal level to implement common core standards, and only 2% strongly agree that they are getting adequate support from the federal level. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
Don’t Know/ Does not apply 4% 6%

%1 Strongly Disagree The common core standards prevent individualized learning. My school district is getting adequate support at the federal level to implement common core standards. 24% 56%

%2 30% 24%

%3 22% 10%

%4 14% 3%

%5 Strongly Agree 7% 2%

Many superintendents (68%) say their school district is not coordinating with any local postsecondary education institutions around the implementation of the common core state standards. Is your school district coordinating with any local postsecondary education institutions around the implementation of the common core state standards?
Yes No Don’t know/Does not apply 28% 68% 4%

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

More than half (56%) of superintendents say the common core standards would help make education in the United States more competitive globally, while 33% say the common core standards would have no effect. Do you believe common core standards would help make education in the United States more competitive globally, less competitive globally, or have no effect?
More competitive Less competitive Have no effect Don’t know/Does not apply 56% 5% 33% 6%

Three in four (75%) superintendents believe that the common core standards will provide more consistency in the quality of education between school districts and between states. Some educators believe that common core standards would provide more consistency in the quality of education between school districts and between states. Do you believe that having common core standards would provide more consistency in the quality of education between school districts and states?
Yes No Don’t know/Does not apply 75% 21% 5%

EDUCATION BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Nearly all (96%) superintendents say that it is very important that high schools prepare students for education beyond high school. In your opinion, is it very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not at all important that high schools prepare students for education beyond high school?
Not at all important 0% Not very important 0% Somewhat important 4% Very important 96% Don’t Know 0%

Four in 10 (40%) superintendents say, other than the cost, lack of social support is one of the biggest barriers that high school students face in pursuing higher education. In your opinion, other than the cost, which ONE of the following is the biggest barrier that high school students face in pursuing higher education?
Not being academically prepared Lack of social support Lack of information Another barrier Don’t know 19% 40% 11% 24% 6%

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

When asked what percentage of students graduate from high school prepared to find a good job in the workforce, only 18% say that 75% to less than 100% are prepared. In your opinion, what percentage of students graduate from high school prepared to find a good job in the workforce?
No high school graduates are prepared to find a good job in the workforce Less than 25 percent 25 to less than 50 percent 50 to less than 75 percent 75 to less than 100 percent All high school graduates are prepared to find a good job in the workforce Don't know 3% 26% 23% 25% 18% 1% 3%

When asked what percentage of students graduate from high school prepared to enter college, only 46% say that 50% to less than 75% are prepared. In your opinion, what percentage of students graduate from high school prepared to enter college?
No high school graduates are prepared to enter college Less than 25 percent 25 to less than 50 percent 50 to less than 75 percent 75 to less than 100 percent All high school graduates are prepared to enter college Don't know 0% 5% 25% 46% 23% 1% 2%

Only 5% of superintendents strongly agree that a high GPA is the best predictor of success in college and only 6% strongly agree that a high SAT or ACT score is the best predictor of success in college. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
%1 Strongly Disagree A high GPA is the best predictor of success in college. A high SAT or ACT score is the best predictor of success in college. 7% 6% %5 Strongly Agree 5% 6% Don’t Know/Does not apply 0% 0%

%2 21% 16%

%3 35% 35%

%4 32% 37%

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

TEACHERS More than four in 10 (42%) superintendents strongly agree that teachers in their school district are evaluated on their effectiveness in the classroom rather than on the number of years of teaching in the classroom. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
%1 Strongly Disagree The teachers in my school district are evaluated on their effectiveness in the classroom rather than on the number of years of teaching in the classroom. 3% %5 Strongly Agree 42% Don’t Know/Does not apply 0%

%2 5%

%3 12%

%4 39%

One in 10 (10%) superintendents strongly agree that their school district has a process to identify and develop talented students to prepare them for future leadership roles. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
%1 Strongly Disagree My school district has a process to identify and develop talented students to prepare them for future leadership roles. 3% %5 Strongly Agree 10% Don’t Know/Does not apply 1%

%2 16%

%3 33%

%4 37%

A large number of superintendents (72%) say their school district is very effective at providing a quality education. Only 36% of superintendents say their school district is very effective at forming great partnerships with parents/guardians. Five in 10 (50%) superintendents say their school district is very effective at recruiting and retaining talented teachers. How would you rate the effectiveness of your school district in the following areas?
%1 Not effective at all Providing a quality education Preparing students for the world of work Preparing students for engaged citizenship Identifying and assessing student outcomes Forming great partnerships with parents/guardians Recruiting and retaining talented teachers Recruiting and retaining talented principals Forming great partnerships with community members Using data to inform decision-making 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0% 0% %2 Not too effective 1% 3% 5% 5% 10% 6% 6% 10% 5% %3 Somewhat effective 28% 56% 51% 47% 54% 43% 37% 47% 42% %4 Very effective 72% 40% 44% 48% 36% 50% 54% 41% 51%

Don’t Know 0% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 2% 1% 1%

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

Three in 10 (30%) superintendents strongly agree that their school district has an effective ongoing professional development program designed for teachers. Less than two in 10 (17%) superintendents strongly agree that their school district has an effective ongoing professional development program designed for principals. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
%1 Strongly Disagree My school district has an effective ongoing professional development program designed for teachers. My school district has an effective ongoing professional development program designed for principals. 1% 3% %5 Strongly Agree 30% 17% Don’t know/Does not apply 0% 1%

%2 5% 13%

%3 20% 29%

%4 44% 37%

TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM More than four in 10 (44%) strongly agree that the use of technology in the classroom increases student engagement. Less than three in 10 (27%) strongly agree that the use of technology in the classroom increases teacher engagement. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
%1 Strongly Disagree The use of technology in the classroom increases student engagement. The use of technology in the classroom increases teacher engagement. 1% 1% %5 Strongly Agree 44% 27% Don’t know/Does not apply 0% 0%

%2 1% 3%

%3 11% 22%

%4 43% 47%

About four in 10 (37%) superintendents strongly agree that every student should have a laptop or tablet in the classroom to accelerate his/her learning. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
%1 Strongly Disagree Every student should have a laptop or tablet in the classroom to accelerate his/her learning. 2% %2 7% %3 21% %4 33% %5 Strongly Agree 37% Don’t Know 1%

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  GALLUP-Education Week SUPERINTENDENT PANEL – INAUGURAL SURVEY FINDINGS 

When asked if a good teacher who uses advanced technology to teach creates a better student learning environment than a good teacher who does not use advanced technology to teach, about three in 10 (33%) strongly agree. On a five-point scale, where 5 means strongly agree and 1 means strongly disagree, please indicate your level of agreement with each of the following statements.
%1 Strongly Disagree A good teacher who uses advanced technology to teach creates a better student learning environment than a good teacher who does not use advanced technology to teach. 4% %5 Strongly Agree 33% Don’t know/Does not apply 0%

%2 8%

%3 18%

%4 38%

BUDGET CUTS Nearly seven in 10 (66%) superintendents say their school district expects to make budget cuts in the upcoming school year. Does your school district expect to make budget cuts in the upcoming school year?
Yes No Don't know/Does not apply 66% 30% 4%

Moreover, of the superintendents who say they expect to make budget cuts in the upcoming school year, 42% report that operations and maintenance will be most affected by those budget cuts, while 36% say instruction will be most affected. Which of the following areas will be most affected by budget cuts next year? Select all that apply.
Special education Transportation Athletics Administration Operations and maintenance Instruction Salary and wages Employee benefits Other Don’t know
**Asked of those who said “yes” in the previous question. **Respondents were allowed to select multiple responses.

18% 20% 21% 30% 42% 36% 33% 26% 13% 1%

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When asked about issues that will be a challenge this year in their school district, 52% of superintendents strongly agree that budget shortfalls will be a challenge. Likewise, 52% of superintendents strongly agree that rising demands for assessment from the state and federal level will be a challenge. This year, the following issues will be a challenge for my school district:
%1 Strongly Disagree Budget shortfalls Rising demands for assessment from the state and federal level Strengthening academic rigor Revamping curriculum Improving the academic performance of underprepared students Better preparing students for higher education Preparing students for engaged citizenship 4% 1% 2% 2% 1% 2% 3% %5 Strongly Agree 52% 52% 31% 30% 38% 22% 15% Don’t know/Does not apply 1% 1% 0% 0% 0% 2% 0%

%2 7% 4% 9% 9% 5% 8% 11%

%3 15% 11% 19% 21% 17% 26% 35%

%4 21% 30% 40% 39% 38% 40% 36%

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