American Educator Panels

The American Educator Panels (AEP) are the only three standing nationally representative samples of educators in the U.S. who regularly provide their feedback on important issues of educational policy and practice. The panels consist of over 25,000 teachers in the American Teacher Panel (ATP), 8,000 principals in the American School Leader Panel (ASLP), and 1,000 districts in the American School District Panel (ASDP).

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Insights from the Panels

The American Educator Panels check in with educators multiple times per year on important education policies and issues. Here are some findings from recent AEP surveys.

  • Most teachers feel underpaid: Only 34 percent of teachers said that their base salary was adequate, compared with 61 percent of working adults. See full report
  • As of fall 2023, 18 percent of K–12 teachers reported using AI for teaching and another 15 percent have tried AI at least once. See full report
  • Districts estimate that teacher turnover has stabilized, but at a higher level than before the pandemic. See full report
  • Two-thirds of U.S. K–12 public school teachers have decided on their own to limit instruction about political and social issues in the classroom. See full report
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About the RAND American Educator Panels

The RAND American Educator Panels provide policymakers, practitioners, and researchers with nationally representative survey responses from K–12 public teachers, principals, and superintendents.

Not all nationally representative educator surveys are equally rigorous or transparent about their methods. You can depend on the American Educator Panels for high-quality, accurate, and reliable information directly from teachers and school leaders across the United States. The American Educator Panels are a proud member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s Transparency Initiative.

Download our free reports or data files to use our research. Contact us to run your own survey and gather evidence you can trust with the level of precision you need to inform education policy and practice.

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