HE SAID, SHE SAID: Year two of a broad survey of 10,000 U.S. teachers (spearheaded by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) is on the street. What factor won over the largest percent of teachers as having a “very strong impact” on improving academic achievement? Family involvement, according to 84% of the teachers surveyed. A slim 20% of teachers said common assessments across all states had a “very strong” impact (29% called it a “strong” influence.) In-school career and college counselors won also over only 20% (“very strong”) and another 38% (“strong.”) Up-to-date, well-integrated technology won over 52% (“very strong”) and 35% (“strong). You can get the full study results for free here.