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Table 84. Teachers' perceptions about teaching and school conditions, by control and level of school: Selected years, 1993–94 through 2007–08
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Statement about conditions Public school teachers Private school teachers
1993-94 total 1999-2000 total 2003-04 total 2007-08 1993-94 total 1999-2000 total 2003-04 total 2007-08
Total Elementary schools Secondary schools Combined schools Total Elementary schools Secondary schools Combined schools
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
  Percent of teachers somewhat agreeing or strongly agreeing with statement
The school administration's behavior
     toward the staff is supportive
79.2 (0.36) 78.8 (0.38) 85.2 (0.33) 87.7 (0.39) 88.1 (0.50) 87.1 (0.47) 86.3 (1.24) 88.2 (0.42) 87.3 (0.45) 91.1 (0.78) 93.1 (0.43) 92.6 (0.48) 92.3 (1.15) 93.9 (0.74)
My principal enforces school rules for
     student conduct and backs me up when
     I need it
80.8 (0.35) 82.2 (0.33) 87.2 (0.34) 88.0 (0.37) 89.2 (0.48) 85.9 (0.51) 86.1 (1.12) 88.4 (0.41) 88.3 (0.39) 92.2 (0.75) 92.2 (0.57) 91.7 (0.70) 91.8 (1.17) 92.8 (0.97)
The principal lets staff members know
     what is expected of them
85.6 (0.30) 87.7 (0.26) 91.9 (0.23) (†) (†) (†) (†) 88.2 (0.34) 89.8 (0.35) 93.8 (0.57) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Principal talks to me frequently about
     my instructional practices
44.3 (0.46) 45.6 (0.43) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 54.0 (0.64) 50.4 (0.64) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
In this school, staff members are
     recognized for a job well done
67.9 (0.39) 68.3 (0.42) 75.5 (0.38) 76.7 (0.56) 78.3 (0.77) 74.2 (0.63) 72.3 (1.42) 81.1 (0.40) 78.9 (0.50) 83.8 (1.14) 84.0 (0.66) 84.1 (0.76) 83.0 (1.71) 84.4 (1.06)
Principal knows what kind of school
     he/she wants and has communicated it
     to the staff
80.5 (0.36) 83.2 (0.28) 87.3 (0.30) 88.4 (0.33) 89.6 (0.44) 86.6 (0.51) 84.4 (1.20) 88.6 (0.38) 88.4 (0.43) 91.9 (0.68) 91.7 (0.53) 91.3 (0.65) 90.7 (1.20) 92.6 (0.81)
Most of my colleagues share my beliefs
     and values about what the central
     mission of the school should be
84.2 (0.22) 84.7 (0.26) 88.1 (0.26) 88.3 (0.35) 90.6 (0.52) 83.8 (0.53) 87.4 (0.86) 93.2 (0.37) 92.2 (0.31) 93.8 (0.49) 93.7 (0.44) 94.9 (0.47) 90.5 (1.36) 93.7 (0.78)
There is a great deal of cooperative
     effort among staff
77.5 (0.31) 78.4 (0.32) 83.2 (0.36) 84.3 (0.33) 86.1 (0.47) 81.0 (0.51) 81.9 (1.20) 90.5 (0.29) 89.0 (0.42) 91.2 (0.77) 91.7 (0.63) 92.1 (0.54) 88.4 (1.43) 92.6 (1.07)
I receive a great deal of support from
     parents for the work I do
52.5 (0.38) 57.9 (0.40) 61.1 (0.50) 64.3 (0.52) 66.4 (0.77) 60.4 (0.66) 62.6 (1.45) 84.6 (0.41) 84.0 (0.49) 86.1 (2.33) 87.7 (0.60) 89.4 (0.68) 85.1 (1.79) 86.9 (1.00)
I make a conscious effort to coordinate
     the content of my courses with that
     of other teachers
85.0 (0.25) 84.1 (0.24) 86.3 (0.31) (†) (†) (†) (†) 85.2 (0.44) 81.4 (0.55) 84.6 (0.90) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Routine duties and paperwork interfere
     with my job of teaching
70.8 (0.38) 71.1 (0.30) 70.8 (0.44) 69.0 (0.53) 69.4 (0.80) 68.7 (0.69) 64.4 (1.33) 40.1 (0.65) 44.5 (0.57) 40.7 (2.70) 42.7 (0.97) 44.6 (1.26) 46.3 (2.28) 39.2 (1.74)
Level of student misbehavior in this
     school interferes with my teaching
44.1 (0.40) 40.8 (0.42) 37.2 (0.52) 36.0 (0.57) 33.7 (0.80) 40.2 (0.79) 38.9 (1.36) 22.4 (0.43) 24.1 (0.61) 20.7 (2.47) 20.6 (0.72) 20.9 (0.95) 19.4 (1.72) 20.6 (1.36)
Amount of student tardiness and class
     cutting in this school interferes
     with my teaching
27.9 (0.32) 31.5 (0.35) 33.4 (0.45) 33.4 (0.64) 26.4 (0.85) 47.2 (0.86) 32.8 (1.35) 16.9 (0.75) 15.0 (0.43) 16.9 (1.11) 17.9 (0.72) 17.3 (0.77) 20.4 (1.77) 17.5 (1.63)
Rules for student behavior are
     consistently enforced by teachers in
     this school, even for students who
     are not in their classes
61.8 (0.42) 62.6 (0.39) 71.1 (0.46) 70.6 (0.55) 78.8 (0.67) 55.1 (0.66) 68.2 (1.37) 77.6 (0.50) 75.9 (0.51) 81.0 (1.52) 80.1 (0.81) 85.5 (0.85) 69.9 (2.00) 78.4 (1.49)
I am satisfied with my class sizes 64.9 (0.38) 67.7 (0.36) 69.1 (0.43) (†) (†) (†) (†) 84.4 (0.40) 85.7 (0.45) 87.5 (0.99) (†) (†) (†) (†)
I am satisfied with my teaching salary 44.9 (0.45) 39.4 (0.36) 45.9 (0.46) 50.9 (0.64) 48.9 (0.90) 55.2 (0.73) 48.0 (1.26) 41.6 (0.59) 42.6 (0.73) 50.6 (1.76) 51.7 (0.86) 44.4 (1.11) 55.6 (2.60) 57.8 (2.05)
I sometimes feel it is a waste of time
     to try to do my best as a teacher
26.8 (0.35) 20.3 (0.29) 16.7 (0.33) (†) (†) (†) (†) 10.2 (0.65) 10.5 (0.38) 8.6 (0.69) (†) (†) (†) (†)
I plan with the librarian/media
     specialist for the integration of
     services into my teaching
66.9 (0.42) 58.6 (0.38) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) 60.6 (0.71) 48.7 (0.74) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
Necessary materials are available as
     needed by staff
73.1 (0.42) 75.0 (0.32) 79.0 (0.42) 82.2 (0.55) 82.5 (0.76) 81.5 (0.51) 82.2 (1.06) 85.7 (0.44) 89.0 (0.38) 91.8 (0.74) 92.1 (0.54) 92.2 (0.59) 91.2 (1.33) 92.2 (1.01)
I worry about the security of my jo
     because of the performance of my
     students on state or local tests
(†) 28.8 (0.37) 31.2 (0.43) 30.9 (0.58) 32.2 (0.81) 28.3 (0.54) 30.5 (1.31) (†) 6.7 (0.29) 7.8 (0.68) 7.6 (0.46) 8.2 (0.56) 6.3 (1.06) 7.5 (0.81)
State or district content standards have
     had a positive influence on my
     satisfaction with teaching
(†) (†) (†) 49.3 (0.62) 52.1 (0.95) 44.1 (0.56) 48.5 (1.29) (†) (†) (†) 41.1 (0.80) 49.1 (1.21) 34.3 (1.99) 35.3 (1.48)
I am given the support I need to teach
     students with special needs
(†) 60.9 (0.33) 64.5 (0.47) 67.2 (0.57) 66.2 (0.73) 68.3 (0.69) 72.7 (1.18) (†) 67.1 (0.58) 71.8 (2.00) 68.4 (0.84) 66.4 (1.15) 69.6 (1.81) 70.2 (1.56)
I am generally satisfied with being a
     teacher at this school
(†) 89.7 (0.24) 90.9 (0.29) 92.8 (0.31) 93.0 (0.42) 92.4 (0.37) 93.1 (0.59) (†) 93.3 (0.26) 95.2 (0.56) 95.7 (0.43) 95.2 (0.52) 95.5 (0.92) 96.3 (0.65)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public Teacher Questionnaire," selected years 1993-94 through 2007-08; "Private Teacher Questionnaire," selected years 1993-94 through 2007-08; and "Charter Teacher Questionnaire," 1999-2000. (This table was prepared February 2011.)
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