January 20, 2015 | Number of The Day
Rate at which New Jersey teachers are “engaged” in their jobs

Only 25 percent of New Jersey’s teachers are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work, according to the Gallup Daily tracking survey of the teachers in the most populous U.S. states.

Engaged teachers know the scope of their jobs and look for new and better ways to achieve outcomes.

Indeed, New Jersey teachers seem to be pretty unhappy; 16 percent of them are considered “actively disengaged,” which Gallup defines as not only unhappy but also acting out their unhappiness in ways that undermine what their coworkers accomplish. New Jersey ranked second-highest for “actively disengaged” after Florida.

The third category that teachers were placed in, after being asked a variety of questions about the workplace, is “not engaged.” Gallup defined that category, in which the majority of New Jersey teachers fell, as possibly satisfied with their jobs but not emotionally connected to their work and unlikely to devote much discretionary effort to it.

Nationally, 31 percent of all U.S. teachers were identified as being engaged and 12 percent were actively disengaged.

Engagement is associated directly with outcomes, according to Gallup, including absenteeism and school leadership. Engaged teachers are more likely to produce engaged students with greater achievement.