Maryland teachers are asking for more time and training to meet the demands of new evaluation systems and education standards expected to be in place by the start of the next school year, according to a survey from the Maryland State Education Association.
Nearly two out of three teachers surveyed say they’re unprepared to teach students based on more rigorous Common Core State Standards. About 72 percent said they aren’t ready for new teacher and principal evaluation systems.
“We’re starting to hear more from teachers about what the gap is between ... abstractions and the reality of implementation,” said Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, which represents about 50,000 of the state’s 85,000 teachers.
The results are from an online survey of 540 teachers conducted May 1-5. Although it was not a scientific survey, Weller said the responses reveal that teachers need more professional development before stepping into a classroom next year.