What Supports Do Teachers Need to Help Students Meet Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy? Findings from the American Teacher and American School Leader Panels
This report provides educators’ perspectives on their readiness and needs regarding helping students meet new state standards. Findings are drawn from surveys of the American Teacher and School Leader panels, which represent samples of K-12 teachers and school leaders across the nation. The survey questions reported in this document include teachers’ preparedness to help their students meet the standards, the focus of their current professional development, and additional teacher professional development needs related to state ELA/literacy standards. Key findings reveal that at least 75% of K-12 teachers are expected to address state ELA/literacy standards, but the majority of non-ELA teachers felt not at all or slightly prepared to address ELA/literacy standards. Additionally, teachers reported the highest needs in professional development include writing instruction and differentiation of instruction for students at different achievement levels. Recommendations based on key findings are included in this report.