Trend Tracker

Our regular look at current research, trends, and ideas affecting teachers and teaching profession.

An new statistical analysis finds that having a high-quality teacher for even one year can have a measurable long-term impact on students’ career outcomes. January 13, 2012 – AP

Panelists at a recent forum in Washington discussed some of the factors that need to be considered when lengthening the traditional school day or year. May 18, 2011 | Updated: April 29, 2016 – Teacher

A large majority of U.S. teachers believe that schools are not doing enough to prepare students with diverse learning needs for success after high school, according to a nationwide survey released today. March 23, 2011 – Teacher

Current teacher evaluation systems are flawed, but could be improved with six new design standards, according to a recent report. October 8, 2010 – Teacher (Web)

Over 70 percent of Americans surveyed believe that teachers should be paid based on the merits of their work, not on a standard-scale basis, according to a recent Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll. September 14, 2010 – Teacher (Web)

A British study finds that in order for professional development to flourish and bring results, school leadership must be strong and teachers must be respected for what they bring to the table. May 26, 2010 – Teacher (Web)

Text messaging has become the preferred method of communication for teenagers, according to a recent study. May 12, 2010 – Teacher (Web)

Teaching appears to be becoming a bit less rigid as a profession, with a growing number of career-changers working in classrooms and more educators taking on “hybrid” roles within schools, according to a new national survey of teachers. March 29, 2010 – Career Coach

While most teachers believe in the importance of holding high expectations for students, many appear to fall short of doing so in practice, according to new nationwide survey of educators. March 17, 2010 – Teacher (Web)

Teachers’ views on how instructional effectiveness should be measured, as well as how it could be improved, are not well-aligned with current education policy initiatives, according to a new survey report. January 27, 2010 – Teacher

A recent survey discovers that teachers’ views on compensation and job expectations can vary depending on age and experience. November 18, 2009 – Teacher

Students feel significant levels of stress about schoolwork as early as elementary school, a new survey from Highlights magazine reveals. October 21, 2009 – Teacher

Teacher professional learning communities can make the greatest inroads into student learning when they have a highly structured framework in place, according to a recently published study. August 5, 2009 – Teacher (Web)

A new report emphasizes the role of cross-generational learning teams to help keep teachers in the profession. April 8, 2009 – Teacher (Web)

States should do more to support alternative teacher certification programs, in part by loosening licensure requirements, argues a new paper by the Center for American Progress. March 4, 2009 – Teacher

Teachers’ views on their profession have become markedly more positive over the past quarter century, at least partially validating the widespread school-improvement efforts of the period, concludes a retrospective survey report released this week by MetLife, Inc. February 25, 2009 – Teacher

A recent survey asked teachers what advice they’d give the next president to improve education in America. October 20, 2008 – Teacher (Web)

A new study says that lack of sleep is endemic in the teaching profession and that schools may be the worse for it. September 23, 2008 – Teacher (Web)

September 20, 2006 – Teacher (Web)

The job market for teachers is showing signs of slow but steady improvement, according to a survey of education school officials. April 12, 2006 – Teacher (Web)

Teaching has undergone fundamental changes in the four years since the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act, according to a new national study. April 3, 2006 – Teacher (Web)

A poll of parents and teachers provides new data on attitudes towards homework. February 8, 2006 – Teacher (Web)

A look at some of the teaching profession’s vital statistics. January 17, 2006 – Teacher (Web)

A new study of low-income schools in California has raised some eyebrows by concluding that, when it comes to student achievement, parental involvement is less important than a number of school-based instructional factors. December 6, 2005 – Teacher (Web)

The teaching profession is undergoing a significant “generational shift,” and schools have been slow to adapt to it, says a Harvard professor. November 23, 2005 – Teacher (Web)

Results from a closely watched national test released this month have heightened concerns about adolescents’ reading skills. October 27, 2005 – Teacher (Web)

NCLB may not be universally winning the hearts and minds of educators, but it’s made substantial gains in how the public views it, according to a survey released this week. June 22, 2005 – Teacher (Web)

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