2022 NC Teacher Working Conditions Survey Results Released, CMS Educators Speak Out

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) — Several factors can affect how an educator perceives the quality of their workplace.

Every two years, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction conducts a survey of teachers’ working conditions.

The survey is completed by full-time and part-time teachers, school administrators and certified school-based educators.

This is the first time the survey has been conducted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had its own impacts on school systems across the state. The results of the survey were present by the NCDPI on Wednesday.

Robert Wright, a teacher of exceptional children at Olympic High School, said the pandemic has only exacerbated the problems already present. He has worked at CMS since 2018.

“COVID brought to light a lot of things that were problematic even before COVID happened,” Wright said.

The survey was sent to all 180 schools in the district and 7,802 of 11,236 people responded.

Data shows that 46% of responding CMS teachers felt they did not have enough non-teaching time to complete tasks, compared to 57% statewide.

Non-pedagogical time includes any time of the day without responsibility for contact with students, including collaboration planning, meetings/conferences with students and families, etc.

“Usually our schedules are so full, our agendas are so full that we can’t always tackle every single thing,” Wright said.

The survey also looked at other factors, including teaching practices, professional development, internet access, security and retention.

The data showed that 7% of teachers in the state are considering leaving the profession.

Karen Stokes is a guest teacher at Olympic High School. CMS said 900 teachers have left the district since August. Stokes said she enjoys working with her students and supporting other teachers in need due to vacancies.

“I think it’s an honor and a privilege for me to come to a school and dedicate my services to that particular school on a daily basis,” she said.

Stokes has been with CMS since 2019, originally starting as a back-up. She and Wright plan to return in the fall. Wright is pursuing a professional development position.

High points of agreement from educators statewide include:

  • 90% of respondents think teachers are encouraged to participate in school leadership roles
  • 89% think their school leadership makes it easy to use data to improve student learning
  • 96% of respondents say teachers use digital content and resources in their teaching
  • 92% of respondents believe that teachers provide parents and guardians with useful information about student learning.

There were also weak points of agreement from educators across the state:

  • 62% think class sizes are reasonable to the point that teachers have enough time to meet the needs of all their students.
  • 62% believe that the working conditions survey is used as a school improvement tool.
  • 57% believe that professional development is evaluated and the results are communicated to teachers.
  • 56% believe that professional development is differentiated to meet the individual needs of teachers.

Survey data showed that 77% of CMS educators agreed that student gun possession rarely occurs in their schools.

A total of 28 firearms have been reported on multiple school campuses since the second day of school, along with hundreds of weapons.

Wright says he was skeptical of some answers and questioned the accuracy of the results, especially if they can be used for improvement.

“I actually want to challenge and ask the district how much of this data is actually true and honest, clear or even reported,” he said.

CMS purchased and installed body scanners at more than 20 high schools, implemented a “Say Something” anonymous reporting system, and doubled the number of random security checks.

Stokes says body scanners and the Say Something app are very useful, especially for reporting bullying.

“It really works, they feel safer once they call the tip line, and it’s anonymous,” she said.

CMS also spent nearly $442,000 on 46,000 see-through backpacks for high school students to provide more visibility and deter students from bringing guns to school.

The district halted distribution of the clear backpacks after it discovered that 40,000 of one manufacturer’s bags bore warning labels required by Proposition 65 for California residents.

Proposition 65 requires companies to provide warnings about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

The district has placed the bags under review and the bags have not been distributed until June 3, 2022. The last day of school is June 8.

“We paid all that money for these see-through binders, where are the binders? Where did they go?” Wright wondered.

Wright also thinks CMS needs to hire additional staff to perform security checks while students go through body scanners.

To see a full breakdown of results by state, school districts and individual schools, click here.

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