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TALIS 2018 Results


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Explore how teachers, school conditions, and learning environments compared internationally in 2018!

The United States was one of 49 education systems that participated in the 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS). This study, sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), asked nationally representative samples of lower secondary teachers (grades 7–9 in the United States) and their principals questions about their backgrounds, their work environments, professional development, and their beliefs and attitudes about teaching. For the United States, TALIS provides key information on teachers and principals and how they and their working and learning environments compare internationally. Highlights of the U.S. results are provided below, while the full international report, Teachers and School Leaders as Lifelong Learners, is available on the OECD TALIS website.

As the 2018 results show, proportionately more U.S. lower secondary teachers held a bachelor’s degree or higher than their international peers. They also exceeded the TALIS average in the hours both teaching and working per week. Differences were also apparent in U.S. teachers’ perceptions of their professional development needs—with a lower-than-average percentage reporting a “high level of need” for each of 14 areas examined in the study. At the same time, a lower-than-average percentage of U.S. teachers reported that they can adapt their teaching to students’ cultural diversity “quite a bit” or “a lot.” Across TALIS education systems, teachers shared high job satisfaction despite the relatively low percentages who believe society values the teaching profession.

Click on the questions below for details on these results and more—including results for principals. The technical notes for TALIS 2018 are also available.

Additional information about TALIS, questionnaires, a list of participating countries, and FAQs are available.

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