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The Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents

Leadership perspectives on public education: Learn what K-12 superintendents across the U.S. have to say about the biggest issues facing education today.

Superintendents believe that having teachers who create excitement about the future is extremely important for preparing students for success later in life. In fact, they believe it is more important than any other proposed strategy or initiative.

But finding enough quality teachers is a difficult task. And it's only one of many matters challenging superintendents in today's changing educational landscape.

Download The Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents report to learn superintendents' opinions about the issues they face this year and gain crucial insight into the work of leading a successful public school district in the U.S.


of superintendents say the quantity of new teacher candidates in their district is decreasing.

Gallup data show:

The percentage of superintendents who say revamping curriculum is a challenge for their district has fallen from


in 2013 to


this year.

Superintendents from city 58% or suburban48%districts are much more likely to be engaged at work than are those from town 36% or rural 34% districts.

Superintendents say their district's greatest challenges are helping students whose circumstances affect their achievement and dealing with budget shortfalls.

The Gallup 2017 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents is a research study of K-12 superintendents of public school districts across the U.S. to understand their opinions on important topics and policy issues facing education.

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Download this report to learn what superintendents say about:

  • the biggest challenges facing K-12 education today
  • the effectiveness of their district in recruiting, selecting and retaining talented teachers
  • their own workplace engagement
  • the most important factors in evaluating teacher performance
  • the effects of federal education policy on their district
  • their relationship with their school board
  • the future of K-12 education in the U.S. and in their district

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