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April 3, 2014

Wake County schools may use teacher survey for student assignment

Wake County school administrators have proposed using answers from the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey, which educators can fill out until Friday, as part of a new formula for determining how to help struggling schools.

Time is running out for Wake County teachers to take an online, anonymous survey that could impact student assignment and resource decisions in the school system.

Teachers across the state have until Friday, April 4, to participate in the 2014 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey. In addition to providing feedback for local and state education leaders, it’s also being proposed for use by Wake County school administrators in a new formula for determining how to provide help to struggling schools.

As part of the draft formula, administrators have proposed using survey answers to help determine which Wake schools might need additional help such as additional funding and/or student assignment changes.

Click here to view the new performance index. Administrators repeatedly told school board members last week that the index is in draft form and that the measures they’d consider using, including examples of the questions from the working conditions survey, could still change.

But if you look at the draft formula, 10 percent of the score for the new index would come from a category called school climate and 10 percent would come from the school leadership category.

Possible survey questions, cited by Wake, that could be used for determine school climate include whether teachers feel they have:

• Time to collaborate with colleagues.
• Parents/guardians support teachers.
• The school environment is safe.
• School is a good place to work and learn.

Examples of possible survey questions for the school leadership category include whether teachers feel:

• Faculty and staff have a shared vision.
• School leadership consistently supports teachers.
• Comfortable raising concerns.

Teachers have been able to take the survey statewide since March 10. In Wake, 8,051 of 10,207 educators, or 78.8 percent, have responded so far. The state will report out survey results for individual schools if the response rate is at least 40 percent.

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