Headline-making polls suggest a full-blown revolt against school tests and the Common Core. But polls aren’t always what they seem at face value. A closer look at national polling data reveals something very different: Both parents and teachers alike broadly support holding all students to high academic standards and taking a balanced approach to testing in schools.
A recent annual survey on educational issues released by Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup showed that a majority of the public opposes the Common Core State Standards, which are now in place in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The poll also found that roughly two-thirds of respondents believe that there is too much emphasis on testing in schools, compared to just 14 percent who believe that standardized test scores are “very important” in measuring school effectiveness.
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