Statement from Bob Wise, President of the Alliance For Excellent Education, on the Release of The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher
Washington, DC – Today, MetLife released The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Collaborating for Student Success, which finds that only 36 percent of teachers and 51 percent of principals believe that all students have the ability to succeed academically. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the following statement.
“The nation has devoted a lot of attention to the achievement gap and, thanks to No Child Left Behind, we’re starting to see some improvement in that area. However, as the MetLife report demonstrates, the expectations gap—the difference between what teachers expect their students to know and what students need to know to succeed in today’s economy—remains under the radar.
“Yesterday’s release of the draft K–12 standards signaled that states have chosen to move toward a more equitable education system—one in which academic expectations are high for all students, no matter where they live.
“But setting standards and helping students meet the higher standards are two different things, and judging by the MetLife report, the nation must work harder on the latter. I’m terribly concerned about the fact that only one-third of teachers and half of principals believe that all of their students have the ability to succeed academically.
“During a time when 90 percent of the fastest-growing, highest-paying jobs and over 60 percent of current jobs require some form of postsecondary education, it is imperative—both for the future success of our students and our nation—that all students are held to high expectations and, more importantly, are given the support and encouragement they need to reach them.”
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit www.all4ed.com.