Union Survey Finds Teachers Unprepared for Common Core
LA School Report | August 19, 2013
Hours after LA Unified announced results of a survey in which teachers expressed “high marks” for their training on iPads and the teaching content on them – the instructional tools for the new Common Core State Standards — the teacher’s union on Monday said its own survey found that a majority of teachers do not feel personally prepared to teach the standards
The UTLA survey, announced in a press release, reflected responses from 4,462 members and found that once teachers had been given professional development, their confidence in being able to teach CCSS greatly increases.
The release said only 1,000 of the respondents said they received more than three days of professional development on Common Core, and 95 percent of teachers wanted more planning time and more time to collaborate with colleagues on the Common Core standards.
Teachers who participated in the survey “think their schools have done more to prepare for Common Core, than the District or the State,” the release said without providing a specific number of teachers who expressed that opinion.
UTLA President Warren Fletcher will present the survey results to the School Board at its Tuesday meeting, the release said.
Referring to Superintendent John Deasy’s calling for $44 million for 200 “out of classroom” positions to implement Common Core the first year, Fletcher said, “We believe the wiser course is to provide paid training days for all LAUSD teachers. Our survey results make it clear, professional development works at the school level.”