Only One in Five New Yorkers Believe Common Core Has Improved Education

New York State FlagSiena College released a poll last Thursday that shows only one in five New Yorkers believe that the Common Core State Standards have improved public education in the state.

Only 19 percent of New Yorkers say that implementation of the Common Core has improved public education, while twice that number, 40 percent, believes that Common Core has worsened public education and another 24 percent say it’s had no meaningful impact.

“A plurality or majority of voters from every party and the non-New York City regions say that implementing Common Core has worsened public education in New York, with New York City voters being closely divided,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said. “While one in five New Yorkers thinks that Common Core implementation has improved public schools, 64 percent say it has either had no meaningful effect on public education or it has worsened it.

“Given that Common Core was designed to improve educational standards and outcomes, the Education Department and new commissioner certainly have their work cut out for them in trying to convince New Yorkers that Common Core implementation over the last few years has been a step forward in improving public education in the state,” Greenberg said.

Cross tabs for the question discussed:


Almost One Half of Americans Haven’t Heard of Common Core

public-polling.jpgMSNBC/Wall Street Journal released a poll that shows almost one-half of Americans have not heard of the Common Core State Standards.  The poll was conducted between June 11-15 of 1000 adults.  The margin of error is 3.1% +/-.

47% of Americans said they have not seen, read or heard news about the Common Core.  22% said they have heard about it a lot.  30% have said they have heard about this some. 1% said they were unsure.

Now keeping in mind 48% said no or that they were unsure a follow-up question was asked:

Just to make sure that everyone has the same information let me describe the Common Core standards in a bit more detail. The Common Core standards are a new set of education standards for English and math that have been set to internationally competitive levels and would be used in every state for students in grades K through 12.

Based on this information, do you support or oppose the adoption and implementation of the Common Core standards in your state?

59% responded said they supported.  31% said they opposed.  27% strongly supported it while 20% strongly opposed.  First this is a positive spin on the Common Core.  There is zero proof that these standards have been set to internationally competitive levels, but there is evidence that they haven’t been.  Secondly, when 48% of those surveyed know nothing about the Common Core it is very easy to manipulate the results you want.

No mention of the Federal government involvement… that would likely change some minds.  Then if you dig into the other problems… well it is rare for me to find anyone outside the educational bureaucracy who likes Common Core after they do more research.

Contrast that with a poll taken of New Yorkers by the Albany Times Union and Siena College (see here if the archive expires).  This was taken of 874 upstate New York residents and has a margin of error of 3.3% +/-.  It did not have a leading question.

46% of New Yorkers said they oppose the way the Common Core was being implemented.  Only 23% supported it.  32% didn’t know or refused.  More people opposed than supported across party lines (though those opposed were 18% higher for Republicans and 20% for independents).  More people opposed than supported Common Core regardless of race, age, socio-economic status or where they lived.

They also asked about the current use of standardized testing in New York.  43% opposed, 23% supported and 28% didn’t know or refused.  More opposed than supported pretty much across demographic lines with the exception of those making under $50,000 a year where those opposed and those who supported the way assessments were done tied at 34%.

Pretty telling.

Update: Richard Innes had an interesting analysis of the MSNBC/WSJ poll:

Now, let’s put this together in a way the pollsters clearly never considered.

Based on the first Common Core question, only 52 percent of the public knew anything about Common Core when the survey was conducted. Still, the poll says 31 percent either somewhat or strongly opposed the standards.

I would submit that the 31 percent opposed to the Core would have to have knowledge beyond the loaded question information to form such negative opinions. So, virtually all would fall in the total of 52 percent of all respondents that said they knew something about Common Core already.

Thus, it seems likely that 31 in 52 – that is 60 percent – of the people in the United States who know something about Common Core are opposed to the reform.

Siena Poll: One Half of New Yorkers Support Two Year Delay of Common Core

new-york-state-flagInteresting poll from Siena College.

Voters continue to be divided by the New York State Education Department’s implementation of the Common Core, with 36 percent saying they are too demanding, 24 percent saying they’re not demanding enough and 23 percent saying they are about right (34-27-23 percent in November). And division continues on confidence in Common Core standards better preparing students to be college or career ready upon graduation, with 46 percent saying they are confident and 47 percent saying they are not (45-49 percent in November). By a 50-38 percent margin, voters want implementation of Common Core standards delayed for two years.

Again to combat the view that it is just conservatives who opposed Common Core, that is not the case.

For instance among Democrats polled 35% said the Common Core was too demanding, 26% said they were not demanding enough and 23% said they were just right.  Among Republicans 36% said they were too demanding, 24% said they were not demanding enough and 26% said they were just right.  Among Independents and others 36% said they were too demanding, 23% said they were not demanding enough, and 23% said they were just right.

A clear minority believes the standards are “just right.”

Among Democrats 41% said they should be implemented as quickly as possible and 47% believe they should be delayed for two years.  Republicans had a wider margin with only 32% wanting continued implementation with 60% wanting a delay.  With Independents 39% wanted continued implementation and 50% wanted a delay.

They asked whether people are confident that implementing the Common Core in New York’s schools will make students more “college or career ready” upon graduation?

Among Democrats 49% were confident (only 16% were confident) and 41% were not confident.  With Republicans only 36% were confident with 59% who were not confident.  Among independents 46% were confident and 48% were not confident.

The poll was conducted February 16-20, 2014 to 802 registered New York State voters.  It has an overall margin of error of +/- 3.5%.

Poll: New York Voters are Divided on Common Core

NYSFlagSiena College released a poll yesterday on New Yorkers views of the Common Core and standardized testing.  806 registered voters were surveyed between November 11-14.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5%

49% of New Yorkers are not confident that the Common Core State Standards will make students more college and career ready.  45% of voters are confident that it will.  There is also a variety of opinion about how demanding the standards are.

About a third of voters (34 percent) think Common Core standards are too demanding, while about one-quarter (27 percent) think they are not demanding enough and one-quarter (23 percent) think they are about right. Twenty-eight percent say that efforts to improve education in  the last three years have moved New York schools in the right direction, 22 percent say they have moved schools in the wrong direction and a plurality, 44 percent, think they have had little impact. There is too much testing in  public schools, 52 percent say, while 12 percent say there is not enough and 28 percent say it’s the right amount.

“On the implementation of Common Core standards in public schools, New Yorkers are as divided as a physical  education class that just broke up into teams,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “There’s no consensus at all on whether the standards are too demanding, not demanding enough or just right. New Yorkers  are nearly evenly divided as to their confidence that Common Core standards will make graduates better ready for college or career. And nearly as many think schools are headed in the wrong direction as in the right direction.

“There is a consensus on testing of student. Only one in eight New Yorkers would like to see more testing in the  schools but a clear majority believes that there’s currently too much testing in the schools,” Greenberg said. “The  jury’s out on Common Core but if standardized student tests were reduced, most New Yorkers would not object.”

Look for more Gates money to come pouring into the Empire State.

Update:  Oh if you look at the Siena Poll cross-tabs on the Common Core question it shoots Arne Duncan’s comments about the opposition consisting of “white suburban moms” is just a *tad* off.