New study: Teacher work day not all about teaching

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Tuesday, July 1, 2014 10:01am
  • Local News

A new study released today found Washington teachers spend about three-quarters of the school day teaching and the rest handling administrative duties including parent meetings and professional development.

Teachers spend on average 72.9 percent of the time involved in direct instruction of which a portion is devoted to preparing students for state tests, according to results of the study done by researchers at Central Washington University.

And when the school day ends, teachers stick around on average an extra 90 minutes to wrap up those administrative chores that couldn’t be completed during their contracted work day, the study found.

The CWU Center for Teaching and Learning compiled the results from surveys completed by 5,000 teachers, daily logs maintained by 50 instructors and interviews with three dozen teachers.

Research was carried out in the just ended school year and offers the most comprehensive look to date on how teachers spend their work day. The university received $25,000 in the 2013-15 budget to carry out the study.

More in Local News

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Man, 29, injured by shots fired at Everett thrift store

The gunfire followed an argument in the parking lot of Value Village on Evergreen Way.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Lynnwood robbery leads to lockdown at Edmonds schools

Edmonds police said it was just a precaution as they search around Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Marysville 7-Eleven hit by armed robbers

Officers set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog, but the man couldn’t be found.

In adult court, four teens plead not guilty to murder

Prosecutors allege they worked together to plan and execute a drug robbery in Everett.

2 women struck, injured while crossing busy roads

The first happened Wednesday night in Everett. The second was Thursday morning in Edmonds.

Lives were on the line

After an estimated 350K emergency calls over 35 years, dispatcher Steve Williams is set to retire.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Most Read