AASA Issues Statement on the Gallup 2018 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – August 30, 2018 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today after the release of the Gallup 2018 Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents.

“I am pleased, yet not surprised, that an overwhelming majority (86 percent) of superintendents are excited about the future of their respective school districts. However, the poll also tells us that less than half (42 percent) are excited about the future of public education.

“The key message is that we, as a nation, must continue to scale up our efforts to showcase and promote the outstanding work being done by our public schools. Earlier this year, AASA’s policy and advocacy team organized the first-everPublic Schools Week. Forty-nine education groups representing teachers, principals, superintendents, parents and other civic organizations joined us to celebrate the achievements public schools are making. As the national organization for school superintendents across the country, AASA continues to work with school system leaders from coast to coast to lead, shape and grow the broad dialogue in support of public education.

“The results also indicate that a major challenge facing school districts is keeping talented teachers. This should also send a signal to the education community, as well as business leaders and philanthropic communities, parents and the media that our support for the educators in front of the classroom is vitally important if the students of today are going to become successful members of society tomorrow. We must continue to share the success stories generated by our teaching corps to recruit and retain top-notch teacher candidates on behalf of the millions of children learning and growing in our public school classrooms.

“We were not surprised to see that most superintendents viewed high school graduation rates, student engagement and student hope as key factors when it comes to public school effectiveness. Two years ago, AASA launched Redefining Ready!, a leadership program designed to dispel the notion that test scores reported by test makers are creating a comprehensive picture of a student’s potential. I am pleased that AASA is championing the critical issue of redefining college and career ready standards so our high school graduates can effectively pursue their post-secondary goals—and dreams—with confidence.

“We are grateful to Gallup for providing invaluable information that will undoubtedly help us as we continue to push forward the mission of AASA and help the more than 13,000 public school superintendents excel on the job.”


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.