MinnCAN Public Opinion Survey on Teacher and Principal Staffing

May 01, 2013
  • Description

Minnesota is one of a handful of states that requires decisions about who to hire, promote or even lay off in public schools to be made solely based on years on the job. This executive summary highlights survey results that show voters overwhelmingly want performance, not seniority, to drive public school staffing decisions. Researchers conducted the survey in December 2011. Respondents included registered voters in Minnesota and the total sample size was 1,000, stratified by age and gender to correspond with state population estimates. Major findings include:

    • Minnesotans agree on how to measure teacher performance
    • Minnesotans want to make teacher layoffs based on performance
    • Minnesotans agree on how to measure principal performance
    • Minnesotans want to compensate teachers based on performance