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Survey Shows Teachers Think Parents May Be Confused by Common Core

Survey Shows Teachers Think Parents May Be Confused By Common Core

A survey of experienced teachers in the northeast showed that the educators do not believe parents understand what the Common Core are. The survey also found that the surveyed teachers strongly believe in homework.

"We were surprised by some of these results," said Ryan Duques, CEO of TutaPoint (which conducted the study) on the company's blog.  

Impact of the Common Core standards

Most teachers do not believe that parents understand what the controversial Common Core Standards are all about. In fact, 95.4% of respondents indicated that they did not believe that parents of their students understood what the Common Core actually was. Finally, 4.4% indicated they weren't sure and 0% thought that parents did understand.

Overall, teachers do not believe that Common Core Standards are having a positive impact on student learning. The survey found that only 20.2% of experienced teachers thought that their students were positively impacted by the Common Core, 37% thought the impact was negative and 42.6% thought it was too early to tell.

Learning requirements outside of school

Long-time teachers believe that students should be learning outside of school. More than 77% of teachers believe that at least 30% of a student's learning should be done outside of school. In fact, 51.5% believe that students should be spending at least seven hours on homework per week and 24.6% believe that students should be spending more than nine hours on outside school.

Teachers and technology

Smartphones are increasingly encouraged in the classroom, as 59.5% of teachers report they allow them. Teachers are using smartphones too with 44.9% using an iPhone and 26.9% using a phone on Android. Blackberry users only accounted for 1.1%.

Students are encouraged to interact with their teacher electronically with 71.9% of teachers reporting that they are communicating with their pupils through a website, 75.2% through email. Some teachers are even communicating with students by text (17.9%). A small percentage of teachers are even using social media to reach their students with 3.3% using Facebook and 3.3% using Twitter.

Student Performance

Overwhelmingly teachers are catering classroom time to underperforming students as just 17.9% of teachers report directing their time to average students and just 2.2% spending their time with higher performing students.

The great majority of experienced teachers, 89.8% said that they recommend tutoring to struggling students.

See the complete survey results here.  

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