New MetLife Survey of the American Teacher Released Today

Released today, the MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy is an important tool for gauging attitudes and effectiveness in the classroom.

MetLife has sponsored this survey since 1984 to give voice to those closest to the classroom. The survey examines the views of teachers, parents, and students about the teaching profession, parent and community engagement, and effects of the current economy on families and schools. Progress in areas such as parent engagement is encouraging, but more work must be done.

Family literacy is uniquely positioned to maximize parent engagement because it has been a core component of our work for more than 20 years. The recession and education budget cuts on every level has hampered some progress in the classroom, which makes innovation and technology in education that much more important.

The report can be found online at