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NEWS RELEASES 2013-14

NEWS RELEASES 2013-14 :: MARCH 10, 2014

2014 NC TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS SURVEY UNDERWAY

From March 10 through April 4, school-based licensed educators in all 115 North Carolina school districts and charter schools will have an opportunity to share their views regarding their working conditions on the 7th biennial statewide NC Teacher Working Conditions (TWC) Survey. The NC TWC Survey is designed to gather a variety of information from teachers, counselors, principals and other administrators about topics such as the adequacy of school facilities and resources, time, empowerment, school leadership, community support, student conduct, professional development, mentoring and induction services, and student learning. The web-based survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential. Educators receive unique access codes that enable them to take the survey at www.ncteachingconditions.org.

"Results from past years' NC TWC Surveys have provided education policymakers and school leaders a robust roadmap to guide positive change and strengthen professional development, school improvement plans and teacher and administrator evaluations," said State Superintendent June Atkinson. "I encourage all teachers and school administrators in North Carolina to take this survey and make their mark on education in our state."

Each North Carolina school with a survey response rate of 40 percent or greater receives a results report and this data becomes a part of the school's ongoing improvement planning process. These results are one component of the on-going process for collaborative school and district improvement plans and also are used in North Carolina's educator and administrator evaluation processes.

"North Carolina should be proud of this data tool that is now used nationwide," said NCAE President Rodney Ellis. "We know from the last three surveys that educators take this survey seriously as more than 100,000 teachers have provided data on issues that are very important to their work."

The NC TWC Survey is administered by the New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the development of a high-quality teaching force. The NTC has conducted similar surveys in other states. Since 2009, the NTC has heard from more than 1 million educators in 26,000 schools in 18 states and select school districts. The NTC will aggregate and report results from North Carolina's 2014 survey no later than June 1.

The NC TWC Survey is conducted under the leadership of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. For more information about this year's survey as well as results from previous years, please visit www.ncteachingconditions.org.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.