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Education Poll Reveals Drop in Common Core Support

August 20, 2014

Education Next has released the results of its 2014 poll. The group has been polling American adults each year since 2007. Despite a great deal of public debate over educational issues like school choice and teacher tenure, researchers Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West report that there has been little change in polling results over the last seven years.

An exception, however, is in public support for Common Core:

  • While 65 percent of the public supported the standards in 2013, that figure has dropped to 53 percent.
  • Twenty-six percent of those polled reported being opposed to Common Core, an increase from 13 percent just a year earlier.
  • Support for the program by teachers has also fallen: While 76 percent of teachers supported Common Core in 2013 and 12 percent opposed the standards, just 46 percent support it today and 40 percent oppose it.

Notably, support for increased school spending has lagged. In 2009, the Education Next poll revealed that the American public was far less supportive of more spending on schools and teacher salaries than they had been in the past. While this drop was seemingly in response to the recession, support for more spending on school and teachers has not returned to the level that the United States saw in 2008. 

The poll also asked respondents to give public school teachers a grade:

  • According to the public, 25 percent of teachers deserve an A, 26 percent deserve a B and 25 percent have earned a C. Thirteen percent of teachers received a D, while 9 percent received a grade of F.
  • When teachers were asked the same question, 41 percent gave local teachers an A and 28 percent a B. Just 5 percent of teachers were given an F.

According to the poll results, more than 25 percent of parents with school-age children have used, or are using, public school alternatives such as charters, private schools or home schooling.

Source: Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson and Martin R. West, "No Common Opinion on the Common Core," Education Next, Winter 2015; "2014 Education Next Survey: A Visual Breakdown," Education Next, August 19, 2014. 


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