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February 12, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Study: Washington teachers rank high in commitment to their work

Washington teachers are more committed to teaching than their peers in the nation’s 15 biggest states, a recent Gallup poll suggests.

About 35 percent of the state’s teachers are actively engaged in their work, by the poll’s estimation, meaning teachers here are excited about and committed to teaching. Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts teachers ranked the lowest in Gallup’s study, finishing with just 22 to 26 percent of teachers at that level.  

Gallup’s results are based on interviews with more than 16,000 teachers between 2011 to 2014, asking each a series of questions about how the workplace affects performance.

The study defined actively engaged teachers as those who know the scope of their jobs and constantly look for new and better ways to meet their goals. Researchers said teachers who are not engaged may be satisfied with their jobs, but aren’t emotionally connected to their workplace and are unlikely to devote extra effort to the classroom. Actively disengaged teachers — the study’s lowest rating — are unhappy and that unhappiness affects their coworkers.

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