StudentsFirst Polls Education Issues
According to an American Viewpoint polling memo, the school reform agenda of StudentsFirst enjoys strong support from a wide cross-section of Missourians.
The poll was conducted February 24-26, with a sample size of 600 respondents for a margin of error of +/- 4.0%.
Currently state law does not require annual performance evaluations for school principals. Some have proposed creating yearly principal evaluations, based on multiple objective measures, including a significant portion based on the growth of their students as well as their success retaining, attracting and managing teachers. Do you favor or oppose this change?
Currently Missouri’s public school teachers automatically receive tenure after 5 years, without consideration of documented performance reviews. Some have recommended changing the tenure system, where tenure would be earned through demonstrated performance, and this performance would need to be maintained throughout their career to keep tenure. Do you favor or oppose this change?
Currently state law does not require annual performance evaluations for teachers. Some have proposed creating yearly teacher evaluations, based on multiple objective measures, including observations, student or parent feedback and with half of the evaluation based on the progress in learning by their students that teacher generated over the course of the year, measured by state assessments. Do you favor or oppose this change?
Currently when Missouri public schools have to lay off teachers for budget reasons the layoffs are determined by the seniority of the teachers, with the most recently hired teachers being the first to be laid off. Some have proposed school districts basing layoff decisions on teacher performance rather than teacher seniority. Do you favor or oppose this change?
Some have proposed giving parents of children in low-achieving schools the option to petition for specific changes that their school district would be required to make. In order to require the school district to make these changes, at least half of the parents of that school would need to sign the petition. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?
The State Department of Education will be implementing changes of how school districts are rated. Some are proposing a requirement that would give each school a letter rating of A, B, C, D or F. Do you favor or oppose creating this rating system for Missouri’s public schools?
When a district fails, the state department of education can intervene and make changes to the district’s school board. Some have proposed changing this intervention process to include performance metrics to measure progress throughout the intervention process and to designate a leader who has greater authority to make changes to the failing district. Do you favor or oppose this proposal?
Here are some additional insights from the memo:
Support from African American voters was solid… “61% of African Americans say that Missouri schools need major changes, compared with 36% of white voters.
And, “this call for reform isn’t aimed specifically at teachers as a whole, as 77% of voters have a favorable impression and only 11% have an unfavorable impression, but at the system as a whole.”
Originally in March 22 MOScout