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MetLife Survey of the American Teacher

The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, conducted by Harris Interactive, has been published annually since 1984. Designed to give voice to those closest to the classroom, the survey explores teacher’s opinions on a specific theme and related topics and brings them to the attention of educators, policymakers, and the public. This page highlights recent coverage of the survey, its findings, and impact.

School & District Management Survey Finds Rising Job Frustration Among Principals
Three out of four public school principals believe their job has become "too complex," and about a third say they are likely to go into a different occupation within five years, according to a new MetLife survey.
Liana Loewus, February 21, 2013
5 min read
Teaching Profession Survey: Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits a Low Point
Teacher job satisfaction is at the lowest it's been in more than two decades, likely as a consequence—at least in part—of the economic downturn and resulting education budget cuts, according to a national survey.
Liana Loewus, March 7, 2012
5 min read
Special Education Survey: Teachers Concerned About Resources for Students With Diverse Learning Needs
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
3 min read
Education World-Wise Classrooms
How well does your school teach "global competency"?
Anthony Rebora, October 11, 2010
2 min read
Education New Directions in Teacher Staffing
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
3 min read
Education Not So Great Expectations
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
1 min read
Education Educator Teamwork Seen as Key to School Gains
Most principals and teachers say they believe creating school environments that allow educators to work together more would have a “major impact” on improving the chances for student success, according to a new national survey by MetLife Inc.
Lisa Fine, February 17, 2010
5 min read
Education Report: Teachers See Progress Over Past 25 Years
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.
Anthony Rebora, February 25, 2009
5 min read