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Teachers don’t mind being held accountable and want more frequent evaluation – While 81 percent of teachers believe that peer observation and review should happen at least annually, only 36 percent report that it actually does happen.

Teachers prefer multiple measures over single measures – 79 percent of teachers believe that evaluation based on multiple measures is very important or absolutely essential to retaining good teachers.

Teachers are excited about common standards – 64 percent of teachers believe that common standards would make a significant impact on improving student achievement.

Teachers need support in teaching the Common Core Standards – While 73 percent of teachers feel very or somewhat prepared for the Common Core, teachers still feel they need tools and supports to effectively implement the standards. Examples of supports they need most include student-centered technology and resources (64 percent), professional development focused on the requirements of the standards (63 percent), formative assessments that measure how well student are learning the standards (61 percent), and new curricula and tools aligned to the standards (59 percent).

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