Educators for High Standards Releases New Report on Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA
March 29, 2017
As the first submission deadline for state ESSA plans rapidly approaches, Educators for High Standards released a new report, “Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA: An Eagerness to Engage and Be Heard.” The report, based on a nationwide survey of classroom teachers and teacher advocacy leaders (those engaged in education advocacy work), reveals that almost all teachers believe that they should play an influential role in policy discussions, but a majority of teachers don’t think their state has sought adequate teacher input in the ESSA planning process. “Teachers work hard each and every day to ensure that students are getting the education they deserve. As they implement policies at the classroom level, teachers should be the go-to voices in policy discussions and shouldn’t have to beg to be included in the debate,” said Katrina Boone, who oversees Educators for High Standards.