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.

Read an overview of the poll, or visit the PDK website to download a free copy of the full poll.  


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