Skip to main content

U.S. teachers lament limited flexibility in the classroom

According to a recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), teacher autonomy is positively associated with teacher retention and job satisfaction.

Lead image for this article

Frequent observations and evaluations of classroom teaching by outsiders — common in U.S. public schools — are rare in Finnish schools, as are the required use of rubrics and curriculum templates that dictate how a student is to be graded and how time should be spent in the classroom. The percentage of U.S. public-school teachers who perceive low autonomy in the classroom grew from 18 percent in the 2003-04 school year to 26 percent in the 2011-12 school year. (The Atlantic)

Support public-service journalism that gets the context right

Yes, I'll donate today