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August 21st, 2013
Report: Public fuzzy on Common Core State Standards
Policy makers may be leaving the American public behind and out of the loop
At a time when most U.S. public schools are implementing the Common Core State Standards, a new report finds that Americans don’t know what the Common Core State Standards are, and that they say more testing is not going to help students.
These are just some of the findings of the 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools—the longest-running survey of American attitudes toward education, providing an extensive repository of data.
Overall, survey participants give their local schools an “A” or “B” rating, express confidence in teachers and principals, and support the growth of charter schools and home schooling.
However, the public is divided on issues ranging from teacher evaluations to school security.
(Next page: Clueless on Common Core State Standards and thumbs-down to assessments)