Big Public Disconnect Between Views on School Testing, Push to Common Core State Standards

At a time when 45 states and the District of Columbia are phasing in new Common Core State Standards and the student tests that go with them, the American public increasingly does not believe that extensive standardized testing is improving public schools, a new survey shows.

Most of those surveyed also give the nation’s public schools a “C” for quality even though they give their own local schools an “A” or “B.” They express great trust and confidence in public school teachers and principals, support the growth of charter schools and see nothing wrong with home schooling. But the public is divided on a variety of other issues ranging from school security and teacher evaluations to educating the children of parents who entered the country illegally.

Those and other findings are contained in the 45th edition of the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. [cont. – PDF]

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