CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - From near perfection to dismally low scores, Hamilton County teachers have some strong opinions on whether their schools offer a good environment for learning and teaching.
Their input is part of "Tell Tennessee 2013," made up of data based on the anonymous responses of 82 percent (almost 61,000) of the state's K-12 teaching force on issues including working conditions, school leadership, instructional support and professional development. The response rate was slightly higher than that of the first Tell Tennessee survey, conducted in 2011.
In Hamilton County, scores were slightly lower than the state average in most categories. In answer to the final question about overall school quality, 84 percent of the state's teachers gave their schools good marks, but Hamilton County's average score was 81 percent. Both figures are consistent with 2011 results. 2625 of Hamilton County's teachers responded to the survey, or just over 75 percent. Statewide, about 82 percent of teachers participated. Their opinions were given anonymously. Results from throughout the state can be found by clicking here.
Individual schools were required to have 50 percent participation from faculty members to be included. Four Hamilton County schools did not meet this requirement: East Lake Academy (39 percent), Howard High School (24 percent), McConnell Elementary (42 percent) and North Hamilton Elementary (12 percent).
The schools with the highest overall satisfaction rankings were the STEM School (100 percent), the Virtual School (94 percent), Hunter Middle (93 percent), Calvin Donaldson Elementary (92 percent), East Side Elementary (92 percent), Lookout Mountain Elementary (90 percent) and Spring Creek Elementary (90 percent).
The schools with the lowest overall satisfaction rankings were Orchard Knob Middle (45 percent), Hardy Elementary (55 percent), Alpine Crest Elementary (64 percent), Lakeside Academy (66 percent), Brainerd High (67 percent) and Brown Middle (69 percent)
Here's a school-by-school ranking of the percentage of teachers in agreement with this statement: "Overall, my school is a good place to work and learn."
Allen: 79%.... Alpine Crest: 64%..... Apison: 77%..... Barger: 86%....Battle: 88%.
Bess T Shepherd: 87%..... Big Ridge: 85%..... Birchwood: 86%.... Brainerd High: 67%.
Brown Middle: 69%... Calvin Donaldson: 92%... Central High: 77%... CCA: 84%
CSAS Upper: 82%... CSAS Lower: 70%.... CSLA: 83%..... Clifton Hills: 88%.
Daisy: 72%.... Dalewood: 71%.... Dupont: 87%.... East Brainerd: 84%.
East Hamilton: 84%.... East Lake Elem.: 85%.... East Ridge Elem.: 87%.
East Ridge High: 72%.... East Ridge Middle: 73%.... East Side Elem.: 92%.
Falling Water: 78%.... Ganns: 84%..... Hamilton High: 70%.... STEM: 100%.
Virtual: 94%......Hardy: 55%......Harrison: 84%.....Hillcrest: 71%.
Hixson Elem.: 83%.....Hixson Middle: 86%....Hixson High: 84%.
Hunter Middle: 93%.....Ivy: 90%.....Lakeside: 66%....Loftis Middle: 77%.
Lookout Mtn: 90%....Lookout Valley Elem: 78%....Lookout Valley Mid/High: 84%.
Nolan Elem.: 78%.....Normal Park: 88%.....Ooltewah Elem.: 88%.
Ooltewah Middle: 82%.... Ooltewah High: 84%.....Orchard Knob Elem.: 77%.
Orchard Knob Middle: 45%..... Red Bank Elem: 74%.....Red Bank Middle: 77%.
Red Bank High: 86%.....Rivermont: 74%....Sale Creek: 83%.
Sequoyah: 87%.... Signal Mtn: 82%.... Snow Hill: 86%.... Soddy Daisy High: 74%
Soddy Daisy Middle: 75%.... Soddy Elem.: 78%.... Spring Creek: 90%.
Thrasher: 88%.... Tommie Brown Academy: 74%.... Tyner Academy: 80%.
Tyner Middle: 88%... Wallace A Smith: 89%.... Westview: 77%.
Wolftever Creek: 86%..... Woodmore: 72%.
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Here is the press release from Gov. Bill Haslam's office:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today that after two years of rapid change, Tennessee educators reported improved work environments in a broad range of categories, all shown to correlate to increased student achievement.
The results from the second statewide TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Tennessee Survey are now available, and more than 61,000 educators, or 82 percent, in the state responded, a five percentage point increase from 2011. Across Tennessee, 1,627 of 1,774 schools, or 91 percent, reached a response rate of at least 50 percent.
"We know that when educators feel good about the culture and climate of their school, that leads to increased results for our students," Haslam said. "We want to hear from our teachers, and I am grateful that so many of them took the time to respond."
From Feb. 18 through March 22, 2013, all school-based licensed educators were asked to complete the online survey using an anonymous access code. Educators were asked to submit their perceptions on a variety of issues related to student achievement and teacher retention, including the adequacy of facilities and resources; time; empowerment; school leadership; community support; student conduct; professional development; mentoring and induction services; and student learning. The results will be used by school-based decision making teams, schools, districts, and numerous other organizations to improve the teaching and learning conditions in the state's schools and districts.
In the 2013 TELL survey, Tennessee saw significant growth in the percentage of teachers who felt they were required to do less routine paperwork (10.3 percentage points) and that test data is available to them soon enough for them to make changes to their instructional practices (13.5 percentage points). Nearly 90 percent of Tennessee's teachers believe they are trusted to make professional decisions about instruction and are given autonomy. More than eight out of 10 educators (83 percent) agree that community members support teachers, contributing to their success with students, an increase of five percentage points from 2011. Eighty-six percent of participants in 2013 agree that the community they serve is supportive of their school, an increase of four percentage points.
"This survey reaffirms that we have leaders across Tennessee who successfully have implemented many education changes, while improving the working conditions for teachers in their schools," Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman said. "It shows that it is possible to have both high expectations and a positive work environment."
The survey was administered by the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national organization dedicated to supporting the development of a high-quality teaching force. NTC has conducted similar surveys in other states and provides induction and professional development for teachers and principals across the country.
Results for the state, all districts, and the 1,627 schools may be viewed at www.telltennessee.org