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Survey: Teacher satisfaction at highest point in 25 years



love_my_job.Nobody 'round here's going to believe this, but ... public school teachers today are more satisfied with general working conditions than they have been in a quarter century, according to a national survey released today.

Eighty-six percent of those surveyed said they were very or somewhat satisfied, up from 81 percent in 2005, 71 percent in 1996 and 73 percent in 1986, reported the National Center for Education Information, which puts out a teacher survey every few years.

Less surprisingly, teacher satisfaction with standardized testing, their status in the community and their salaries wasn't nearly as high. But, according to the survey, satisfaction rates in even those categories are higher now than they've ever been in previous surveys (go to page 49 of the 86-page report for those results.)

The center surveyed randomly selected K-12 teachers nationwde between November 2010 and June 2011. There is no state-by-state breakdown. We can't help but think the results for Florida teachers would have been a tad less upbeat.

Lots of other interesting factoids in the report. Education Week's take on it here.

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