Educator Morale Continues Decline

December 09, 2020 • Catherine Rubiera

Educator Morale Continues Decline

A survey conducted by the EdWeek Research Center shows educator morale is low and job applicants are declining.

Teacher, administrator, and hourly employee morale hit the lowest point since EdWeek started tracking through monthly surveys in March 2020. Teachers are faring the worst; 84 percent of teachers and administrators report the lowest teacher morale since before the pandemic.

The survey was conducted from October 28–29, 2020, and 1,630 educators responded. Other findings include:

  • Hourly employees aren’t far behind teachers reporting lower morale (76 percent) since March, and larger districts (10,000+ students) are reporting even lower morale amongst their hourly staff at 84 percent.
  • In the face of high unemployment caused by the pandemic-induced recession, half of principals and district leaders reported a decline in applications for vacant jobs. Larger districts (10,000+ students) are reporting a higher decline in applicants at 67 percent.
  • Ninety-two percent of district administrators reported their school system requires, or will require, masks for in-person instruction, up from 82 percent found in the October 8 survey results.
  • Most district leaders (84 percent) say their students are engaging in remote learning at least part of the time.
  • Twenty percent of district leaders reported that students receive less than two hours of live/synchronous learning each day; while 3 percent reported that students get seven hours or more.

For more information on the topic, check out the Education Week article Educator Morale, School Job Applicants Declining.

Catherine Rubiera is a senior data analyst at TASB HR Services. Send Catherine an email at

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