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Research Report: Professional Development

By Stephen Sawchuk — February 09, 2016 1 min read
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Teachers do seem to be getting a lot of professional development aligned to the common core in both English/language arts and math, but it’s not always focused on the topics that they say they need the most help on.

That’s according to surveys drawn from RAND’s American Teacher Panel, which represents some 1,130 teachers.

In both math and English/language arts, more than half of teachers reported that “the content of state standards” was a focus of their professional development, but far fewer teachers said that focus reflected their needs (28 percent in math and 31 percent in English/language arts.) Funding for the survey analysis came from the National Education Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. (The foundation also supports coverage of college- and career-ready standards in Education Week.)

A version of this article appeared in the February 10, 2016 edition of Education Week as Professional Development

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