North Carolina has released preliminary results from its biennial Teacher Working Conditions Survey.
A quick scan indicates Charlotte-Mecklenburg educators are slightly less satisfied than state averages on most items, but happier than they were two years ago (although it's called a teacher survey, it's open to all licensed school-based educators, including administrators). About 80 percent of CMS teachers said their school is a good place to work and learn, compared with almost 85 percent statewide. That result was up about one percentage point in CMS and virtually unchanged statewide.
I actually expected to see more dramatic gaps or changes, given all the talk about dismal morale in the last couple of years. Because this poll happens every two years, we don't have data from spring of 2011, when frustrations with layoffs, pay freezes, school closings, performance pay and excessive testing may have peaked. Teachers took the 2012 survey in March and April.
The biggest thing that jumps out is that about 3,100 of the 9,795 eligible educators in CMS didn't do the online survey. The state participation rate was 86 percent. In CMS it was 68 percent, down from 77 percent two years ago.
I don't have time to dive deep or compare individual schools today. But I expect a lot of you are interested and will have good insights -- as always, please share.