Only One in Four Public School Parents Approve of Common Core

Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup released their annual poll of Americans on education issues on Sunday. This year included phone interviews with 1,000 adults and Internet surveys with 3,499 adults.

Some highlights:

  • 54 percent of respondents are against teachers using the Common Core with only 24% approving the standards.  The results among public school parents doesn’t change much, only 25% of parents support Common Core with 54% disapproving.
  • 35 percent of blacks are against Common Core with 41% being in favor.
  • 50 percent of Hispanics are against Common Core with only 29% being in favor.
  • Across party lines more people oppose Common Core than favor it. 69% of Republicans opposed Common Core with 14% approving.  38% of Democrats oppose Common Core with 35% approving. 50% of independents oppose Common Core with 23% in favor.
  • 64% said there was too much of an emphasis on standardized testing.
  • 44% said parents shouldn’t be allowed to opt their children out with 41% saying they should. Looking at just public school parents however 47% said they should be allowed to opt their children out of assessments. 40% of public school respondents said no.
  • 55% of parents said they wouldn’t opt their children out of assessments, but 31% said they would excuse their student.
  • Only 14% of Americans believe that standardized testing is “very important” for measuring their school’s effectiveness.

Read the entire report.

"Teachers Love Common Core.." Well Not So Much

Gallup released some more polling information on the Common Core State Standards. They found that teachers were pretty divided on the Common Core with more teachers having a negative opinion.

Only 15% had a very positive view with 26% who said they had a somewhat positive view. 28% of teachers said they had a somewhat negative view of the Common Core with 16% with a very negative view.

Surely it’s because they are misinformed right?

Heh… How can Common Core advocates explain this away.

Gallup attempts to do this…

However, within these Common Core states, the majority of teachers who say they work in schools where the Common Core standards were fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year feel good about it: 61% view it positively versus 35% negatively. Among teachers in Common Core states whose schools had not yet fully implemented the standards last year, views are 37% positive versus 43% negative.

Even so, 1/3 of teachers where the standards have been implemented still have a negative opinion, this is a far cry from the overwhelming support we were told the standards had among educators.

Gallup Poll Shows Growing Opposition Among Public School Parents, Republicans

public-polling.jpgGallup took another poll of the Common Core State Standards. They found a sharp divide among public school parents. Based on what parents heard and learned 35% had a negative opinion of the Common Core State Standards, 33% had a positive view, and 32% had either no opinion or they were not familiar.

Contrast that with April when they polled on this. More parents in April viewed the Common Core positively 35% compared to 28% who viewed negatively. 37% said they either had no opinion or they were not familiar with the standards.

This swing of seven points for those who view it negatively shows that the more people learn about the Common Core the less they like it.

Republicans had strong opposition which again shows support for Common Core is a non-starter for 2016 candidates, at least if they want to win the nomination. 58% view the Common Core negatively, only 19% view the standards positively… so yeah Jeb, go ahead and campaign on that.

48% of Democrats viewed them positively, but Gallup called their support “tepid” with only 11% being very positive. 23% of Democrats had a negative view. That my friends is what we call bipartisan opposition with the possibility to sway more Democrats to oppose.

So what has changed? Has the opposition message changed since April. No, the new knowledge that these public school parents have had is first-hand through experience with their kids. That isn’t misinformation. That’s cold, hard reality smacking down cheap (well, not so cheap for Bill Gates) talking points.

Gallup has tried to strain a gnat on this particular poll to gauge “aspects” of the Common Core – standardized testing using computers, national education standards, and linking teaching evaluations to test scores. The problem with this it’s hypothetical.

In the poll that Gallup/Phi Delta Kappa did this summer shows that most parents were concerned about teacher flexibility which would be impacted by all of the above. There may be support for the concept, but when the rubber meets the road well, that’s a different story.

Frankly I think that Gallup/PDK poll more accurately reflected the mood of Americans. Here is what I wrote about that poll.

The PDK/Gallup poll shows that public awareness about the Common Core is growing and with it opposition. Last year this time only 1 in 3 Americans knew anything about the Common Core. Now 8 in 10 Americans say they have heard of it with 47% who said they have heard a great deal or fair amount about the standards.

60% of Americans according to their poll oppose using Common Core.

Think about this… that is slightly less than the number of Americans last year who hadn’t heard about Common Core. PDK/Gallup writes, “for the 60% of Americans who oppose using the Common Core, their most important reason is that it will limit the flexibility that teachers have to teach what they think is best.”

Among public school parents the opposition grows with 62% saying the oppose Common Core with 32% saying the approve. Republicans overwhelmingly disapprove of the Common Core by a 76% to 17% margin. Independents oppose 60% to 34%. A majority of Democrats support the Common Core, but even in their party there is a significant opposition with 53% who support and 38% who oppose.

Americans are split in their views of standardized testing with 54% saying they are not helpful and 45% saying they are. Those numbers are fairly consistent within 1 or 2 points when you compare with Republicans, Democrats and Independents. When you look at public school parents the disdain for standardized testing jumps. 68% say standardized testing is not helpful, while only 31% say that it is.

Americans Are Sick of Standardized Tests

Yesterday I reported at Caffeinated Thoughts on the Gallup/PDK poll that showed only 1-out-of-3 Americans knew anything about the Common Core State Standards.  Not surprising really, well actually the surprising aspect is that it is that high.  Only 45% of public school parents knew – and it is being implemented in their school!  This blows a hole in the common talking point from Common Core advocates that this was a transparent process.

Valarie Strauss at The Washington Post today pointed out that in the same poll Americans say they are also sick of high-stakes standardized testing.  In 2012 a majority approved of them.

*Fewer than 25 percent of those polled believe increased standardized testing has helped the performance of local public schools.

*Fifty-eight percent of Americans polled reject using student scores from standardized tests to evaluate teachers, a big initiative of reformers.

What happened?  The Common Core happened.