The Alabama Education Association kicked off a program to improve education by learning how teachers really feel about certain aspects of their profession.
The Alabama Education Association wants its teachers to take a test, but on this test, there is no right or wrong answer, as long as it translates to a better teaching environment.
Denise Crowley, a teacher at Ashford High School said, "From year to year, things change, and it's so important for us as administrators and educators to keep up with the changes in children so we can effectively meet their needs."
Meeting the needs of the children, by meeting the needs of the teachers that educate them, and on Tuesday, we had a chance to talk to some teachers who wanted to voice their opinion on numerous topics.
English Teacher Paula Storey said, "Back in the 90's, a paperwork reduction act and a deadline was passed to reduce paperwork by 50 %; I can tell you right now it’s increased 50%."
Library Specialist Melanie Sellers said, "Everyone is assigned an anonymous code, so everyone can express their feelings without fear of repercussion."
This is the first survey of its kind.
On Wednesday, the state sent out security codes to licensed educators in the state. Once 50% of the staff of the school responds to the survey, and then data is generated.
Storey explains, "They're asking the people who would know, you know, who are on the front lines; who know what the problems are and are here to see the frustrations.”
There were some issues around the state on Tuesday with schools receiving the codes to take the survey, but they have until February 15th to voice their opinions.
According to the AEA, initial survey data from every participating school will be available in May.