Common Core Support in Free Fall

Aug 22, 2014 by

More than half of Americans know a fair amount about Common Core and the majority opposes the initiative.

Public opinion toward the Common Core State Standards is at a tipping point.

After months of political debates, lawsuits and protests, support is waning for the academic benchmarks as some of the groups that once most strongly backed the standards are turning away, two national surveys released this week show. In its annual poll on the public’s attitude toward public education, PDK International and Gallup found a marked shift in awareness of Common Core. One year ago, two-thirds of those surveyed said they hadn’t heard of the standards. Now, more than three-quarters have heard about Common Core, and it appears that many don’t like what they’ve heard. Sixty percent of those surveyed said they oppose the standards, which have long been embroiled in political controversy.

“The Common Core State Standards initiative is complicated,” says Bill Bushaw, chief executive officer of PDK and the poll’s co-director. “And now we know there’s a significant, organized opposition, so it’s not surprising that it lacks support. I think the supporters of the Common Core need to organize.”

via Common Core Support Waning, Most Now Oppose Standards, National Surveys Show – US News.

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