NEWS RELEASES 2015-16 :: MAY 19, 2016


Four public schools and one district will receive $1,000 cash awards as a result of their 100 percent participation rate in the 2016 North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey (NC TWCS). Over 101,800 educators participated in the NC TWCS, and almost half of all schools (1,100) had 100 percent participation.

From March 1 through April 1, school-based licensed educators in all 115 North Carolina school districts and 148 charter schools had an opportunity to share their views regarding their working conditions on the 7th biennial NC TWCS.

Wanting to recognize schools with a 100 percent participation rate, the NC Department of Public Instruction partnered with the North Carolina Business Committee for Education and, in particular, BB&T, California Casualty, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Duke Energy, Lenovo and the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) to award those schools prizes and monetary incentives.

On May 9, the Department organized a live drawing to randomly select four schools and a district to represent those schools and districts that led the state with participation:

  • Allenbrook Elementary School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools)
  • East Rutherford Middle School (Rutherford County Schools)
  • Creswell High School (Washington County Schools)
  • Edenton-Chowan Public Schools
  • Plain View Primary (Bladen County Schools) received the “Nick of Time” award for being the final school in the state to reach a 100 percent response rate.

All schools that achieved a 100 percent participation rate may be found here.

The NC TWCS is designed to gather a variety of information from teachers, counselors, principals and other administrators about topics such as the adequacy of school facilities and resources, time, empowerment, school leadership, community support, student conduct, professional development, mentoring and induction services, and student learning. The web-based survey is voluntary, anonymous and confidential.

"Results from previous years’ surveys have provided education policymakers and school leaders a robust roadmap to guide positive change and strengthen professional development, school improvement plans, and teacher and administrator evaluations," said State Superintendent June Atkinson.

Each North Carolina school with a survey response rate of 40 percent or greater will receive a results report and these data become a part of the school's ongoing improvement planning process. These results are one component of the on-going process for collaborative school and district improvement plans and also are used in North Carolina's educator and administrator evaluation processes.

The New Teacher Center (NTC), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the development of a high-quality teaching force, administers the NC TWCS. The NTC has conducted similar surveys in other states. Since 2009, the NTC has heard from more than 1 million educators in 26,000 schools in 18 states and select school districts.

The NTC will aggregate and report results from North Carolina's 2016 survey at the State Board of Education’s June 1-2 meeting. Results will be posted on the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions website.

The NC TWCS is conducted under the leadership of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. For more information about this year's survey as well as results from previous years, please visit the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions website.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 160 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.