Yesterday I reported at Caffeinated Thoughts on the Gallup/PDK poll that showed only 1-out-of-3 Americans knew anything about the Common Core State Standards. Not surprising really, well actually the surprising aspect is that it is that high. Only 45% of public school parents knew – and it is being implemented in their school! This blows a hole in the common talking point from Common Core advocates that this was a transparent process.
Valarie Strauss at The Washington Post today pointed out that in the same poll Americans say they are also sick of high-stakes standardized testing. In 2012 a majority approved of them.
*Fewer than 25 percent of those polled believe increased standardized testing has helped the performance of local public schools.
*Fifty-eight percent of Americans polled reject using student scores from standardized tests to evaluate teachers, a big initiative of reformers.
What happened? The Common Core happened.