Results from a new teacher survey shed light on ongoing morale issues at Knox County Schools. That survey asked a number of questions about teachers responses to different questions.
For our purposes, we combined the "strongly disagree" and "disagree" columns and the "strongly agree" and "agree" column. We have also briefly summarized the issues.
The survey shows 37 percent of teachers disagree Common Core will help students, while 36 percent agreed.
The survey also covered the teacher evaluation system. A majority of teachers believe those that receive the highest rating should get only one unannounced observation the next year, instead of two. Fifty-two percent of teachers agreed with that statement while 24 percent disagreed.
Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre weighed in on the issue.
"Certainly, it's something we would consider and take a look at and it's something that's available as a choice to us as a school district," he said on the issue of changing observation requirements from two to one for teachers who get 5s on evals.
When asked if their school was a good place to learn, 78 percent of teachers agreed with the statement while 11 percent disagreed.
The numbers change drastically for the district. The question asked if the district is a good place to work or learn. Forty-eight percent disagreed while 28-percent agreed their district was a good place to learn.
You can see the entire survey with complete results at this link (PDF).