At a recent event, Gallup released findings from the 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Noteworthy findings include:
- Standardized testing: Only 22% of those polled said increased testing had helped the performance of their local schools, compared with 28% of those polled in 2007.
- Teacher evaluations: 58% of the respondents said they oppose using standardized test results for teacher evaluations, compared with 47% of respondents last year.
- Common Core State Standards: 62% of those polled said they had never heard of the Common Core State Standards despite its wide adoption.
This is an annual poll that allows educators and policy makers to track public opinion about the nation's public schools. It is conducted annually by PDK International in conjunction with Gallup and is the longest-running survey of American attitudes toward education.
For more information, view the 2013 PDK/Gallup poll announcement [PDF] or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.