Only 1/4 of Public School Parents Support Common Core, Poll Finds

Aug 25, 2015 by

By Ray Nothstine –

A new PDK/Gallup poll shows little nationwide enthusiasm for Common Core with only a quarter of public school parents supporting the unpopular education initiative.

The poll shows a backlash against increasing trends among educational bureaucrats to emphasize standardized testing. In 1970, three-quarters of parents enthusiastically supported national testing. According to the study, fourteen percent of parents ranked standardized testing as the best approach for educating their child, which ranked last among options.

Common Core stresses nationwide standards for mathematics and the English language. It does not necessarily require, but often involves, more testing. Most Americans do believe that parents should have the right to opt out of standardized tests for their child if they so choose.

Forty-six states initially adopted the standards but some states have since repealed the initiative while others states continue to debate its implementation.

In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. Terry Stoops, director of education studies at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, North Carolina, explained some of the findings of the poll and Common Core’s unpopularity:


Source: Only 1/4 of Public School Parents Support Common Core, Poll Finds

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