PDK/Gallup Poll Finds Conflicting Viewpoints
Americans have a number of conflicting viewpoints in their preferences for investing in schools, going head-to-head on issues like paying for the education of the children of illegal immigrants, according to the 2012 annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.
The findings included these opinions:
- Common core standards will make the U.S. more competitive, improve schools in our communities, and provide more consistency between districts within a state and between states. High quality standards won’t hurt our chances of closing achievement gaps.
- Closing achievement gaps and improving urban public schools are priorities for most of us — and most of us are willing to pay more taxes to achieve that goal.
- Americans are divided on whether student test scores should be part of a teacher’s evaluation.
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