Only One in Four Public School Parents Approve of Common Core

Photo credit: Woodley Wonder Works (CC-By-2.0)
Photo credit: Woodley Wonder Works (CC-By-2.0)

Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup released their annual poll of Americans on education issues on Sunday. This year included phone interviews with 1,000 adults and Internet surveys with 3,499 adults.

Some highlights:

  • 54 percent of respondents are against teachers using the Common Core with only 24% approving the standards.  The results among public school parents doesn’t change much, only 25% of parents support Common Core with 54% disapproving.
  • 35 percent of blacks are against Common Core with 41% being in favor.
  • 50 percent of Hispanics are against Common Core with only 29% being in favor.
  • Across party lines more people oppose Common Core than favor it. 69% of Republicans opposed Common Core with 14% approving.  38% of Democrats oppose Common Core with 35% approving. 50% of independents oppose Common Core with 23% in favor.
  • 64% said there was too much of an emphasis on standardized testing.
  • 44% said parents shouldn’t be allowed to opt their children out with 41% saying they should. Looking at just public school parents however 47% said they should be allowed to opt their children out of assessments. 40% of public school respondents said no.
  • 55% of parents said they wouldn’t opt their children out of assessments, but 31% said they would excuse their student.
  • Only 14% of Americans believe that standardized testing is “very important” for measuring their school’s effectiveness.

Read the entire report.