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Conducted January 9 - February 23, 2022, by the EdWeek Research Center, the Merrimack College Teacher Survey gathered perspectives from 1,324 teachers. It has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, with a 95 percent confidence level.

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Why the Survey Results Matter

Teaching is one of the toughest jobs in America, and the pandemic has only made it harder. New teacher retention is at an all-time low and fewer and fewer students are considering entering the teaching profession. The Merrimack College Teacher Survey found that teachers feel overworked, underpaid and not respected by the public.

Through this survey, and by hearing teachers’ voices and perspectives, the Winston School of Education & Social Policy is committed to solving and reversing these issues.

What We Learned

In reviewing the responses of the 1,300 K-12 participants, here’s what we learned:

Many teachers are feeling disillusioned.

The overall sentiment of this survey is that teachers are overworked, underpaid and under-appreciated.

Some communities are being left behind.

The survey data suggests that teachers in urban schools teaching primarily low-income and non-white populations feel especially unheard, under-appreciated and unsupported.

Teachers are bogged down with administrative work.

Teachers overwhelmingly wish they could focus more of their time on teaching-related activities (teaching, planning, grading and giving feedback) and spend less time on non-teacher-related activities (general administrative work, hall and lunch duty, and school committee work).