Standardized Testing Survey Results | 13 Investigates - 13 WTHR Indianapolis


13 Investigates created a survey for all of Indiana's public school teachers. Our goal was to gauge their opinions on standardized testing in Indiana. We wanted to know how the testing affects their perception of teacher effectiveness in the classroom, how accurately they believe it measures student abilities and what challenges teachers face and why. 13 Investigates also wanted to know if the teachers were aware of any cheating by colleagues as they prepared for or administered standardized tests.

This survey includes responses from the nearly 2, 000 teachers who took the survey over the last week. The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) emailed the survey to Indiana's public school teachers on our behalf.


Do you feel pressure related to your students' achievement on standardized tests?
Yes
 
81.2%
Sometimes
 
14.6%
No
 
4.2%

Does that pressure come from (check all that apply)
Yourself
 
57.1%
Your school administrators
 
74.7%
Your school board
 
34.6%
The State Department of Education
 
93.4%
Parents
 
17.6%

What impact does that pressure have on your ability to teach effectively?
Positive Impact
 
7.7%
Negative Impact
 
77.8%
No Impact
 
14.5%

What impact does the pressure have on the learning environment in your classroom?
Positive Impact
 
4.9%
Negative Impact
 
80.3%
No Impact
 
14.9%

Standardized testing accurately measures student achievement.
Strongly Agree 0.2%
Agree
 
14.1%
Disagree
 
57.4%
Strongly Disagree
 
28.3%

Standardized testing accurately measures teacher effectiveness
Strongly Agree
 
0.5%
Agree
 
2.7%
Disagree
 
40.5%
Strongly Disagree
 
56.3%

Are you aware of any instances in which a student at your school cheated on a standardized test?
Yes
 
9.6%
No
 
90.4%

Students cheating on standardized tests at my school district happens
Frequently
 
0.6%
Sometimes
 
8.6%
Rarely
 
13.4%
Never
 
14.7%
I Don't Know
 
62.7%

Are you aware of any instances in which a teacher in your school district cheated or violated testing guidelines while administering or helping students prepare for a standardized test?
Yes
 
10.5%
No
 
89.5%
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