Only 38% of Tennessee Voters Support Common Core

Photo credit: Thomas R Machnitzki (CC-By-SA 3.0)
Photo credit: Thomas R Machnitzki (CC-By-SA 3.0)

Vanderbilt University recently polled 503 registered voters in Tennessee about Common Core.

They asked: “As you may no know, in the last few years, states have been deciding whether or not to use the Common Core, which are education standards for reading and math that are the same across the states.  In the states that have these standards, they will be used to hold public schools accountable for their performance.  How much do you support or oppose the use of the Common Core standards in Tennessee?”

  • 21% Strongly support Common Core
  • 17% Somewhat support
  • 12% Neither support or oppose
  • 18% Somewhat oppose
  • 28% Strong oppose these Common Core standards.

So 46% of Tennessee voters oppose the Common Core.  Only 38% support them and this is even after Vanderbilt described the Common Core somewhat positively.  As we saw in September Tennessee teachers like it even less than the general public with 56% of Tennessee teachers polled saying they wanted to abandon Common Core.

No wonder there may be some action taken on Common Core in Tennessee.  Let’s just hope it’s real action, not an attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.